Unmanned Maritime Vehicles – Thematic Intelligence

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Unmanned Maritime Vehicles Report Overview

The proliferation of unmanned systems in the global defense market continues to have a growing impact on the future of naval warfare. Navies around the globe are increasingly investing in the development and integration of unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to create ‘hybrid’ fleet structures in the interest of enhancing survivability, increasing efficiency, and reducing the long-term costs of naval operations.

USVs are a new and fast-growing segment of the naval defense market, with steady investment and interest from around the globe due to the multitude of applications for this emerging technology. Though UUVs have been part of naval operations for several decades, advances in vehicular autonomy are driving a newfound interest in large platforms such as LUUVs or XLUUVs, as well as swarming capabilities for smaller UUV platforms.

This report provides an overview of the unmanned maritime vehicles market, outlines advances in technology and key programs, and provides insight into current procurement and research trends.

Key Trends •         Technology Trends

•         Macroeconomic Trends

•         Regulatory Trends

Key Value Chain Components •         AI & Autonomy Solutions

•         Unmanned Surface Vehicles

•         Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

•         Payloads & RWS

•         Power Supply & Management

Leader Companies •         Atlas Elektronik UK

•         Austal

•         BAE Systems

•         Boeing

•         China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp.

•         ECA Robotics

•         Elbit Systems

•         Exail

•         Gibbs & Cox

•         Hanwha Defense

•         Huntington Ingalls Industries

•         Israel Aerospace Industries

•         Kongsberg

Disruptor Companies •         AirMar Technology Corp

•         Anduril

•         Aquabotix

•         Ares Shipyard

•         AutoNaut

•         Bollinger Shipyards

•         BoxFish Research

•         Corvuus Energy

•         CSIC

•         Daeyong Electric Corp

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Key UMV Trends

The main trends shaping the unmanned maritime vehicles theme over the next 12 to 24 months are technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

Technology Trends: The key technology trends influencing the UMV theme are 3D printing, cybersecurity, combat functionality, modularity, mothership concept, underwater communications, and sensor development among others. For instance, as defense companies and subcomponent manufacturers look to streamline the production of increasingly complex equipment, the advent of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) promises to provide several benefits by reducing maintenance and production costs while simultaneously accelerating and facilitating the manufacture of complex materials and components.

Macroeconomic Trends: Company partnerships, economic sanctions, rising defense budgets, and rising procurement and R&D costs, are some of the main macroeconomic trends influencing the market growth. For instance, as interest and investment in UMV development continue to grow, there has been an increased amount of B2B partnerships between key developers due to the relatively small number of companies currently active within this market. These agreements vary in scope from collaboration on a single procurement program to wider collaboration on developing solutions to key challenges within the UMV market.

Regulatory Trends: Autonomous lethality, dual-use technologies, industrial consolidation, bi-lateral and international coordination, and joint development & defense consortiums are some of the top regulatory trends likely to impact the UMV market growth. Like, dual-use technologies or commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems play an important role in guaranteeing the successful development of robotic systems. Considering the developments in electronics, computing, software, and hardware, it is safer for manufacturers to use COTS technology that has been tested and proven, thus reducing development risks.

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UMV Industry Analysis

The global UUV market will rise from $379 million in 2023 to $965 million by 2033 as the market continues to surpass its previous records. Demand for military UUVs continues to be driven by the development of autonomous MCM capabilities and the implementation of hybridized fleet initiatives by several nations including China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US.

UUV Market Outlook 2023-2033 ($ Million)

UUV Market Outlook 2023-2033 ($ Million)

The UMV industry analysis also covers:

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Patent trends
  • Case studies
  • Timeline

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UMV Value Chain Insights

The global UMV market is comprised of various key value chains and sub-markets in which industry players leverage specialist technological or manufacturing expertise to secure their market shares. These are divided between the markets for the development and integration of mission systems (i.e. autonomy, payloads, and power supply) and the markets for the production of the UUV/USV platforms themselves. The key components of the UMV value chain comprise of AI & autonomy solutions, unmanned surface vehicles (USV), UUVs, payloads & RWS, and power supply & management.

Artificial Intelligence & Autonomy Solutions: The accelerating development of artificial intelligence (AI) and platform autonomy solutions has been a key factor in the growth of the UMV and unmanned systems market globally. Developers within the UMV market are increasingly relying on AI capabilities to enhance sub-systems and provide their unmanned platforms with a heightened degree of autonomy. AI technology has been integrated with a wide range of sensors to support computer visualization, positioning, navigation, targeting, identification, and mission systems. The integration of AI promises to address key technological challenges in the UMV domain, as heightened autonomy would enable UMVs to react to changing circumstances and re-task themselves, accordingly, thus allowing the operators to focus on more critical tasks like interpreting sensor readings and communicating with other elements. The other primary element within the UMV AI & autonomy value chain is the market for vehicle autonomy and USV conversion kits. As previously mentioned, the development and operation of growing numbers of increasingly complex UMV platforms are causing concerns amongst economies both big and small as to the long-term affordability of the ‘hybrid fleet’ concept.

UMV Value Chain Analysis

UMV Value Chain Analysis

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UMV Market – Competitive Landscape

Leader Companies: Atlas Elektronik UK, Austal, BAE Systems, Boeing, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., ECA Robotics, Elbit Systems, Exail, Gibbs & Cox, Hanwha Defense, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Israel Aerospace Industries, and Kongsberg among others.

BAE Systems: It is a leading British defense prime and systems integrator that produces defense, aerospace, and security solutions. BAE Systems is working on various UMV development programs, having been awarded a GBP3.2 million ($4.5 million) contract in June 2020 to develop the autonomous P24 RIB USV for the UK MOD, and is providing support for the joint MMCM/SLAM-F program.

Disruptor Companies: AirMar Technology Corp, Anduril, Aquabotix, Ares Shipyard, AutoNaut, Bollinger Shipyards, BoxFish Research, Corvuus Energy, CSIC, and Daeyong Electric Corp among others.

Airmar Technology: Airmar is a key developer of ultrasonic sensor technologies for marine and industrial applications. AirMar Technology Corp manufactures a wide range of advanced ultrasonic transducers, level and flow sensors, and WeatherStation instruments used for a variety of applications in the UMV and naval markets.

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Aerospace, Defense & Security Sector Scorecard

The scorecard approach is used to predict tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Each sector scorecards have three screens: a thematic, valuation, and risk screen.

Aerospace, Defense & Security Sector Scorecard Analysis

Aerospace, Defense & Security Sector Scorecard Analysis

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  • The key defense challenges that forces and defense sector suppliers face are covered.
  • The investment opportunities for armed forces, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole unmanned maritime vehicles value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range different unmanned maritime vehicle programs currently being undertaken by various military organizations and defense companies.

Key Highlights

  • Studies of emerging technological trends and their broader impact on the defense market.
  • Analysis of the various unmanned maritime vehicle programs currently under development, as well historical UMV and autonomy research initiatives.

Reasons to Buy

  • Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
  • Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the Unmanned Maritime Vehicles theme.
  • Understanding how spending on unmanned maritime vehicles will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

BAE Systems
Elbit Systems
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Meteksan Defense
LIG Nex1
Daeyong Electric
Ultra Electronics
Marine AI
Naval Group

Table of Contents

  • 1 Executive Summary
  • 2 Players
  • 3 Technology Briefing

    • 3.1 Unmanned systems in the naval domain
    • 3.2 Unmanned underwater vehicles
    • 3.3 Unmanned surface vehicles

  • 4 Trends

    • 4.1 Technology trends
    • 4.2 Macroeconomic trends
    • 4.3 Regulatory trends

  • 5 Industry Analysis

    • 5.1 Market size and growth forecasts
    • 5.2 Mergers & acquisitions
    • 5.3 Patent trends
    • 5.4 Case studies
    • 5.5 Timeline

  • 6 Value Chain

    • 6.1 Artificial intelligence & autonomy solutions
    • 6.2 USV platforms
    • 6.3 UUV platforms
    • 6.4 Payloads & remote weapons stations
    • 6.5 Power supply & management solutions

  • 7 Companies

    • 7.1 Leader companies
    • 7.2 Disruptor companies

  • 8 Sector Scorecards

    • 8.1 Aerospace, Defense & Security sector scorecard

  • 9 Glossary and Key Terms
  • 10 Further Reading
  • 11 Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 12 About GlobalData
  • 13 Contact Us

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