Decline tipped for military fixed-wing aircraft

July 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 25 (UPI) -- The global market for military fixed-wing aircraft faces declining revenue through 2017 as a result of budget pressures, an industry analysis says.

Frost & Sullivan, in a recent study of the aerospace and defense industry, predicted industry revenues of $77.29 billion in 2012 will slide to $65.67 billion in 2017.

"Budgetary pressures in North America and Europe are significantly affecting both new aircraft production numbers and delivery revenue on a global basis," it said. "Asia-Pacific and other regions provide some lift to the market, but it is small at this point."

Frost & Sullivan said North America, the mainstay of military fixed-wing procurement, will have minimal growth and Europe, which has already reduced procurement of fixed-wing military aircraft, will remain at replacement spending levels.

"North America is declining in all categories, except new aircraft purchases," said Aerospace & Defense Industry Manager Wayne Plucker. "Europe, on the other hand, will experience moderate growth in both MRO [maintenance, repair and overhaul] and modifications, but declines in new purchases."

The analysis pointed to expected growth in MRO and new aircraft procurement in the Asia-Pacific region where economies are growing and rising budgets are driving both new aircraft purchases and modification plans.

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