US market-analysis firm Teal Group forecasts that the four major rotorcraft prime contractors - Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter and Sikorsky - will reduce to three by 2006, with Sikorsky "most likely" to be absorbed by Boeing. Teal predicts sales of 8,190 rotorcraft over the next decade - 4,635 civil types worth $10.9 billion, and 3,555 military, worth $40.8 billion.

Source: Flight International