This paper considers the commercial potential for advanced "dual-use" rotorcraft designed for military and civilian users. Four markets -- scheduled passenger service, same-day intercity package delivery, resupply of offshore oil platforms and emergency medical service transport -- are analyzed in detail. These analyses find only minimal commercial opportunities for new dual-use vehicles. However, joint civil-military research on generic, cost-reducing technologies could improve commercial profitability in existing markets and also lower military operations costs.
Originally published in: AHS Vertical Lift Aircraft Design Conference, San Francisco, Calif., pp. 2.2.1-2.2.16.
This report is part of the RAND Corporation reprint series. The Reprint was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1992 to 2011 that represented previously published journal articles, book chapters, and reports with the permission of the publisher. RAND reprints were formally reviewed in accordance with the publisher's editorial policy and compliant with RAND's rigorous quality assurance standards for quality and objectivity. For select current RAND journal articles, see External Publications.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.