Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (Defense) – Thematic Research

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Although unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) had initially existed for marine exploration, research, search and rescue since the late 1950s, they became more common when they began to be utilized for mine countermeasure (MCM) missions. Along with the proliferation of autonomous and remotely controlled systems, navies keep their personnel away from a risky and dangerous environment, so this approach is whipping up investments in unmanned maritime technology. Today’s UUVs offer an improvement in operation time and safety, greater flexibility of use, more efficient power systems, and lower implementation and sustainability costs.

The global UUV market size was US$525.1 million in 2020 and the market is expected to grow at CAGR a of more than 3% between 2020 and 2030. The unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) market research report provides an in-depth understanding of the underlying factors driving demand for UUVs in the top spending countries across the world and identifies the opportunities offered. The report will also strengthen your understanding of the market in terms of demand drivers, industry trends, and the latest technological developments, among others.

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Key Trends in the UUV Market

The key trends that are impacting the UUV market can be classified into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

  • Technology trends – The key technology trends impacting the UUV market include modularity, test and development center or organization, artificial intelligence (AI), and others.
  • Macroeconomic trends – The key macroeconomic trends that will shape the UUV market are common procurement and R&D cost-sharing, company partnership, and economic risk.
  • Regulatory trends – The key regulatory trends impacting the UUV market include Ethics in AI and collision avoidance.

UUV Industry Analysis

The global UUV market size was US$525.1 million in 2020 and the utilization of the unmanned system in military and commercial areas is increasing day by day. Along with the rapid development of computers, communication, information fusion, and artificial intelligence technology, the technologies that restrain the development of unmanned vehicles will be solved one by one. It is expected that the utilization and deployment of unmanned systems will continue to grow in the future.

UUV Market Value Chain

The UUV industry value chain can be split into four segments: UUV types, UUV components layer, UUV sub-components layer, and end-user layer

UUV Types: The key layers under UUV types are large UUVs, medium UUVs, small UUVs, and UUVs. Small and medium sized UUVs other than ROVs have a torpedo shape, allowing them to be launched from submarines and increased maneuverability under the sea.

UUV Market Value Chain Analysis

UUV Market Value Chain Analysis

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UUV Market - Competitive Landscape

The leading companies for the UUV market are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Teldyne, Kongsberg, HII, ECA, and others.

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UUV Market Overview

Report Pages 39
Regions Covered Global
Market Size (2020) $525.1 million
CAGR (2020-30) >3%
Key Trends Technology Trends, Macroeconomic Trends, and Regulatory Trends
Value Chains UUV Types, UUV Components Layer, UUV Sub-Components Layer, and End-User Layer
Leading Companies Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Teldyne, Kongsberg, HII, ECA, and Others

Key Highlights

  • Navies and companies, cooperating with universities and research and development centers, have been developing and experimenting with various UUVs for many years and have transitioned some of these efforts into procurement/manufacture programs. There are still many UUV programs under development and at the technology demonstration level.
  • A key driver for the development of UUVs is to move people away from contested and dangerous environments to avoid casualties.
  • XLUUV and MUUV have generally switchable and modular mission payload suites, therefore, they can perform multi-mission changing mission modules. Collective advances in technology allow these vehicles to execute more complex missions, with increased autonomy and their support packages. However, smaller vehicles are better suited to single-type missions, such as hydrographic surveys and ISR missions.

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