According to Ananya Gogoi, Research Associate of the Aerospace and Defense business unit at MarketsandMarkets, “The aerospace and military APU market is expected to illustrate a substantial growth by 2019 with a CAGR of 3.92%”.
APUs are turbine powered sources of electrical generation, cabin heating/cooling, and hydraulic pressure that are commonly used by aircraft on the ground. They serve as a back-up provider when the main engines cannot start. This is done by providing pressurized air for the main engine to start.
With respect to applications, commercial aircraft APUs capture a majority of the market size with 80.64%, followed by the rotarycopter and military platform APUs. However, the military application APUs for use on fighter aircraft, UAVs, land-vehicles, etc., is on the rise to register a CAGR of 11.20% by 2019.
The typical lifecycle of an APU is 4.5 to 5 years. The maintenance costs vary depending upon the flying hours of the aircraft and the engine usage.
The upcoming developments in the fuel cell industry are increasing the demand and growth of the APU industry by adhering to the environmental regulations. The fuel economy will be achieved to the maximum in future; however, the implementation of fuel cell APU has a long way to go before entering the market.
In the APU market, there are a few players who cater to the aerospace and military market. To name a few of them Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Subsystems’ Hamilton Sundstrand, and Pratt & Whitney are the major providers of APU to the aerospace industry. These players have established a monopoly with their wide range of customer base such as Airbus, Boeing, Sikorsky, Bell Helicopters, etc. The rotarycopter market is on a rise with a high demand of civil rotarycopters, globally. With this increased demand, the APU requirements are increasing and many players such as Microturbo from Safran Group are entering the APU market.
For military land vehicles such as MBTs and armored vehicles, the APU market is on the rise across regions such as the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East due to increased procurements of these vehicles. The UAV APUs are the most desired in the industry with a rise in the UAV procurement, globally.
Aerospace & Military Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Market by Commercial Aircraft (WBA, NBA, and VLA), by Military Aircraft (Fighter and UAV), by Rotarycopter (Civil and Military), by Military Land Vehicle (MBT and Armored vehicles) & by Region (North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa) -Forecast & Analysis 2014 - 2019
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