Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global helicopter flight control systems (FCS) market report. The report also presents the market landscape and a detailed analysis of the key vendors in the market.
Competitive vendor landscape
The global helicopter FCS market is highly competitive, and vendors compete based on cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket service. “To survive and succeed in such an intensely competitive environment, it is crucial for vendors to provide cost-effective and high-quality flight control systems with latest technology and materials,” says Abhay Singh, a lead analyst at Technavio for aerospace components research.
UTC Aerospace and Moog are two leading providers that offer helicopter FCS for commercial and military helicopters. Their primary focus is to implement lightweight materials, more advanced electric technologies, and robust systems. For example, in 2016, Moog had signed a contract with Northrop Grumman for the supply of complete flight control actuation system including flight control actuators, actuator control electronics, and accessories for unmanned aircraft under development through a joint program between Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Office of Naval Research.
Government organizations such as FAA, EASA, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), DARPA, and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are initiating programs and encouraging the development and installation of FCS in helicopters to enhance safety. As a result, autopilot manufacturers are investing heavily in creating new, cost-efficient, and effective digital smart autopilots that can be installed in a variety of civil and military helicopters.
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Top five helicopter flight control systems market vendors
Liebherr was founded in 1949, and is headquartered in Bulle, Switzerland. The company develops, manufactures, and markets machinery and material handlers, construction cranes, aerospace and transportation systems, machine tools and automation systems, as well as operates six hotels in Switzerland, Ireland, and Austria.
Liebherr, through its aerospace and transportation systems division, manufactures and markets flight control systems, wing tip folding systems, landing gears, cabin humidifying systems, gears, and gearboxes for the global aerospace industry. The company is a major supplier of the air management systems and landing gear systems for the AW189 twin-engine helicopter manufactured by an Italian aerospace company, Finmeccanica.
Moog was incorporated in 1951, and is headquartered in East Aurora, New York, US. The company engages in the manufacture and integration of precision motion and fluid control systems for a comprehensive array of applications for aerospace, defense, and industrial markets globally. The company provides a broad range of test systems and associated services to aviation, defense, energy, and automotive industries globally. It provides aviation-testing solutions to its clients in over 26 countries across the globe.
Moog’s testing capability enables clients to execute FCS testing with realistic aerodynamic loads at the control surface of an aircraft. The company provides open architecture control software that ensures a user-friendly approach for overcoming various complex processes of aviation test applications.
Sagem was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. The company engages in devolvement, production, and supply of optronics, avionics, electronics, and critical software for customers in both civil and military aviation industries. It offers inertial navigation systems that are used in land, air, and naval applications, as well as provides helicopter flight controls and tactical unmanned aerial vehicle systems.
The company offers a comprehensive array of systems and equipment for civil and commercial helicopters. These systems are essential for various aeronautical functions such as flight controls, navigation, onboard information, calibration, engine control, landing, monitoring, and maintenance.
UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC was incorporated in 1934, and is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, US. UTC along with its subsidiaries provides technologies, solutions, products, and services to global aerospace and building systems industries.
UTC Aerospace Systems, through its engine components division, provides high precision solutions that are used in various defense, aerospace, and industrial applications. It also provides after sales services throughout different locations in the US, Mexico, and the UK. The company provides helicopter FCS and associated components to the OEMs that produce aircraft, engine parts, and helicopters, as well as to airlines across the globe.
Woodward was incorporated in 1902 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, US. The company provides energy control and optimization solutions for various applications in aerospace and energy industries across the globe.
Woodward, through its aerospace segment, provides primary fuel pumps, fuel nozzles, metering units, specialty valves, actuators, air valves, and thrust reverser actuation systems that are used in turbine engines and nacelles, flight deck controls, servo controls, actuators, motors, and sensors in aircraft.
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