HIGH-TECH – AN EFFECTIVE INVESTMENT!
The creation process of multimode ground effect vehicles is:
- a business aimed at nature conservation, improving transport support and safety of hundreds of millions of people;
- a business for the global market with great potential of scaling and development;
- an innovative business based on best technical solutions;
- a business, the product of which is in the sphere of interests of almost all states that have transportation problems and sea borders;
- a business that creates high-speed transport of the XXI century.
We are open to mutually beneficial cooperation.
You will be interested in the brief overview of the market prospects given here.
Despite the considerable scientific and technological developments, water transport has almost lost its meaning in passenger traffic at a distance of more than 300 - 500 km, because the speed of the passenger rail transport has reached more than 300 km/h (France, Germany, Japan), and in aviation up to 900 km/h. Water transport efficiency is maintained only for the freight traffic, due to the large vessel capacity, and as a means of recreation.
Sea and ocean waters that cover two thirds of the Earth's surface have been over the centuries the natural transport routes between the island and coastal states. Sea transport remains the main type, capable of providing large flows of goods between continents. And the development of mineral and biological resources of the oceans enhances the role of the marine fleet even further. However, the speed of transport vessels has changed little over the past centuries. It remained at 30 - 50 km/h (speed passenger up to 100 km/h), and no longer meets the rate of development of the modern economy.
In this regard, we can say that the global market has an unmet demand for high-speed maritime cargo transport in the speed range of 150 - 600 km/h. Such transport can not be provided by conventional types of transport means.
A natural "performer" of this task was the hydroaviation.
But the modern terms require such aircraft to sharply increase efficiency, safety and frequency of service.
These requirements fully meets a new type of transport means – the ground effect vehicle. However the GEV with only such a design, which overcomes the disadvantages of hydroaviation, as well as of well-known GEV.
The market niche of such vehicles is completely empty, therefore there is no competition.
The competition will begin when the market will be offered GEV, which ensure safety, cost-effectiveness and convenience of commercial, special or military use, comparable to or greater than the similar indicators of traditional vessels.
At the same time, the one who will create an acceptable design will be for many years far ahead of the competition and control, if not all, then most of the market of a new kind of transport.
Since multimode GEVs built according to our concept meet the above requirements, then there is a possibility of formation of a single seller market.
This will provide a return on investment into the development and preparation of serial production within a more than acceptable for investors timeframe.
The required amount of WIG craft globally, as a first approximation can be estimated by the number of marine trade fleet vessels, the total number of which was in 2006 about 100,000 units. 41,110 of these are ships with carrying capacity of over 300 tons.
It is obvious that the overall number of ships and boats for official and personal use, with carrying capacity of less than 300 tons, two orders greater than the number 100,000. For example, in the U.S. are registered more than 10 million small-sized motor boats.
Besides, it is necessary to consider the total number of aircraft in the world.
More than 27,000 units – it's a commercial fleet of civil aviation.
General Aviation fleet is more than 330,000 aircraft.
Helicopters – more than 40,000 worldwide.
If we assume that the ratio of GEV in different weight categories will correspond approximately to similar relations in aviation and shipbuilding, while their absolute amount will be about 1 percent of the respective weight categories of the fleet, the GEV market volume for the next 20-30 years will be as follows:
|Type of ground effect vehicle||Takeoff weight,
|Estimated market volume, units||Approx. cost,
billion $ US
|Ultra-light for service and sports||≤ 3||< 1,000||> 10,000||> 3|
|Lightweight passenger and personal||3 - 50||1,000 - 3,000||≤ 10,000||< 50|
|Sea ferries and container ships
||100 - 1,200||1,000 - 5,000||≤ 1,000||< 200|
|Oceanic transport||200 - 1,200||5,000 - 15,000||≤ 1,000||< 200|
|For military and special tasks||3 - 1,200||1,000 - 15,000||≤ 1,000||100|
|Approximate total cost of GEV, without taking into account the market value of maintenance and associated service||550|
The above cost volume of the market is quite real, but greatly underestimated. It correlates with the amount of existing markets of merchant ships and civil aircraft.
For example, just one type – not the largest passenger aircraft of the A320 family:
• average takeoff weight of 75 tons,
• total orders from 1988 to October 2012 – 8,628 units,
• the average unit cost – $ 76 million,
• the approximate cost of aircraft produced – more than $ 655 billion.
The global market for aviation products has reached in 2011 – 256.7 billion US dollars.
By 2025, this amount will be increased by 2.1 times and thus will figure up to 543.3 billion US dollars per year.