Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Global Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Forecast and it is segmented by type (fixed wing and rotary wing), by application (offshore rescue and onshore rescue), and by geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa). The market size and forecasts for the search and rescue aircraft are provided in terms of value (USD) for the above-mentioned segments.

Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Size

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Search And Rescue Aircraft Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 12.50 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Search And Rescue Aircraft Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Analysis

The Search And Rescue Aircraft Market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 12.5% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all aviation sectors globally for a short period. During the pandemic, the majority of the nonessential industry as well as the people's traffic in social places were very negligible. rescue cases during the pandemic were significantly fewer, due to this Search and rescue industry also faced setbacks due to the pandemic.

With the help of these aircraft, the time taken to complete the rescue activity has been reduced. The increasing number of accidents across various trekking sites in remote places has driven the need for search and rescue aircrafts to successfully extract people out of dangers. 

Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Search & Rescue Aircraft Market according to our research experts:

Rotary Wing Segment Is Expected To Lead The Market During The Forecast Period.

Rotary wing aircraft can land vertically anywhere which is why Rotary wing aircraft are very useful for Rescue purposes. With global temperatures rising, the world is expected to witness an increasing occurrence of wildfires in the next twenty years, generating a more important requirement for search and rescue and aerial firefighting activities. Thus, end-users like service-providing companies are expected to spend increasingly more money on rescue aircraft, especially rotary-wing aircraft. Also, climate change has influenced the prevalence of natural disasters over the years. The frequency and intensity of natural disasters are also increasing each year, which might increase the need for search and rescue helicopters in the future.

On the other hand, as roads become more congested, the need for quicker aerial transport is expected to increase, increasing the spending on Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, particularly in developing countries in the years to come. After the advent of the pandemic, investment in the healthcare domain has grown during the COVID-19 situation, which has also increased the usage and demand for Air Ambulance Services for emergency medical services. Helicopters can cater to these requirements as they can be operated without a paved runway and can take off and land at the nearest incident location, thereby reducing the response and travel times. These factors are driving the demand for rotary-wing aircraft for the applications mentioned above.

Search And Rescue Aircraft Market - Revenue Share (%), By Type, Global, 2021

Asia Pacific is Expected to Lead the Market During the Forecast Period

In terms of geography, Asia Pacific is projected to grow at the fastest pace as the major countries in the region are increasing their investment in internal security and service. As this sector is developing at a high rate in all economies in the region as there is vast potential for growth in the market studied.

The Population and density of the Asian country are large compared to other countries, In an emergency, aircraft rescue is always a good and feasible way to company an emergency operation. Most Asian countries are procuring rescue aircraft, For instance

In March 2022, The prime minister-led Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday approved the procurement of 15 indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) for Rs 3,887 crore. The defense ministry said 10 helicopters will be for the Indian Air Force and five will be for the Indian Army. These helicopters are also being used in search and rescue activity which comes under NDRF (National Disaster Response Force).

In May 2022, South Korea signed a contract worth 170 billion won (USD 132.8 million) with United States aerospace firm, Bell Textron Asia to purchase some 40 trainer helicopters by 2025. These helicopters will be used to train and operate them for various requirements increasing the effectiveness of the crew and first responding agency. 

Considering the procurement plans in the Asia region, it is expected that the market will grow at a faster pace in the coming year.

Search And Rescue Aircraft Market - Growth Rate by Region (2022 - 2027)

Search and Rescue Helicopter Industry Overview

The search and Rescue Aircraft Market is moderately fragmented. Bell Textron, Everett Aviation Ltd, Elbit Systems, Babcock International, PHI Aviation LLC, Bristow Group Inc, Etc are the prominent players operating in the market.

Companies like Textron are focusing on expanding their geographical presence with mergers and acquisitions with other companies and hence will gain a competitive advantage. For instance,

  • In April 2022, Textron Inc. announced that it has closed its acquisition of PIPISTREL d.o.o., PIPISTREL VERTICAL SOLUTIONS d.o.o., and PIPISTREL ITALIA S.R.L., known collectively as Pipistrel, an award-winning pioneer and global leader in electrically powered aircraft.
  • In September 2022, Bell Textron Inc., a company, announced a signed purchase agreement for two SUBARU Bell 412EPX helicopters to the Republic of Croatia's Ministry of Interior.

Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Leaders

  1. babcock international

  2. Bristow Group Inc

  3. Elbit Systems

  4. Bell Textron

  5. PHI Aviation LLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Search & Rescue Aircraft Market Concentration
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Search and Rescue Helicopter Market News

In September 2022, The Georgian interior ministry, with additional budget funding, purchased three helicopters for search and rescue operations, and 30 fire engines.

In July 2022, The MCA, an executive agency of the Department for Transport UK, signed a GBP 1.6 billion contract with United Kingdom company Bristow Helicopters Ltd following an extensive 18-month procurement process.

Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porters 5 Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Fixed Wing

      2. 5.1.2 Rotary Wing

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Offshore Rescue

      2. 5.2.2 Onshore Rescue

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles*

      1. 6.2.1 Bell Textron

      2. 6.2.2 Everett Aviation Ltd

      3. 6.2.3 Elbit Systems

      4. 6.2.4 Babcock International

      5. 6.2.5 PHI Aviation LLC

      6. 6.2.6 Bristow Group Inc

      7. 6.2.7 Airbus S.A.S

      8. 6.2.8 Enstrom Helicopter Corp

      9. 6.2.9 Lockheed Martin Corp.

      10. 6.2.10 MD Helicopters Inc.


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Search and Rescue Helicopter Industry Segmentation

Search and rescue is the search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger. The general field of search and rescue includes many specialty sub-fields, typically determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over.

The search and rescue aircraft market is segmented by type, application, and by geography. By type, the market is segmented into fixed-wing and rotary-wing. By application, the market is segmented into offshore rescue and onshore rescue. By geography, The market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world. For each segment, market sizing and forecast have been done on basis of a value (in USD billion).

By Type
Fixed Wing
Rotary Wing
By Application
Offshore Rescue
Onshore Rescue
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
South America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Research FAQs

The Search and Rescue Aircraft Market is projected to register a CAGR of 12.5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

babcock international, Bristow Group Inc, Elbit Systems, Bell Textron and PHI Aviation LLC are the major companies operating in the Search and Rescue Aircraft Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Search and Rescue Aircraft Market.

The report covers the Search and Rescue Aircraft Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Search and Rescue Aircraft Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Search and Rescue Helicopter Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)