Undersea Warfare Systems Market

Undersea Warfare Systems Market Size By Application (C4ISR, Combat, and Others), By Mode of Operation (Remotely Operations, Autonomous Operations, and Manned Operations), and By End-User (Land-Based, Airborne, and Naval), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14119
  • Published Date: Feb, 2024
  • Pages: 238
  • Category: Aerospace & Defence
  • Format: PDF
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The global undersea warfare systems market was valued at USD 16.3 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 27.0 billion by 2033. The main factors propelling the global undersea warfare systems market are the increase in demand for stealthy undersea warfare systems, the development of underwater drones for undersea warfare, and government backing for enhancing undersea warfare capabilities.

Market Introduction:

The naval employment of submarines and other underwater systems in combat operations in the undersea domain is known as underwater warfare. In addition to surveillance, these offensive and defensive technologies can destroy or neutralise enemy military units and underwater infrastructure and deploy special forces. The global market is expanding because of a notable rise in computer processing capacity, which is expected to result in new capabilities for anti-submarine warfare (ASW). As conflicts over marine borders, commercial routes, and offshore resources intensify, so does the demand for underwater combat equipment. Undersea warfare is expected to gain prominence, and navies are utilising counter-access and anti-access area denial as essential components of their global naval plans. Friendly forces gained battlespace superiority through underwater operations, allowing them to carry out a variety of objectives and preventing enemy forces from using underwater weaponry. The following are all included: mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, offensive submarine warfare, and defensive submarine warfare.

Undersea Warfare Systems Market Size

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Recent Development

In October 2022, The 'Herne' underwater drone was introduced by BAE Systems. A customisable autonomous underwater vehicle (XLAUV) for the upcoming battlespace was also announced. The underwater drone, known as "Herne," is designed to perform several tasks, including minehunting, counterattacks, and maritime monitoring.

In March 2021, To search mines, keep an eye on ships and submarines, and fire missiles that destroy ships, the US Navy declared that autonomous surface vessels would be stationed in deep waters far ahead of crewed ships.

Market Dynamics:


Rise in demand for stealth undersea warfare systems- Sea denial, maritime power projection, and sea control are the three main facets of maritime operational warfare that submarines significantly contribute to. Submarines are important operational assets. Important operational characteristics of submarines include endurance, lethality, stealth, and flexibility. They are nearly undetected. When completely submerged, they significantly increase mission advantage and sea strength.


High development and procurement costs- The excessively high expenses of research, development, and production associated with contemporary underwater warfare technology may be beyond the means of certain nations or organisations.


Support from the government to improve underwater combat capabilities- To improve their defence capacities, several countries are figuring out how to become leaders in naval operations. Since nearly three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water, bolstering the naval forces is essential to successfully defending national borders. For the Sensors and Sonar C15 Rapid Prototyping Development project, U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Centre (NUWC) Division officials awarded contracts totalling $49 million to 13 companies in April 2022. Notable participants in the project included Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., L3Harris Technologies, and nine other companies. These thirteen businesses are tasked with creating research models for driverless cars, underwater cables, dispersed networks, planes, surface warships, submarines, and irregular warfare.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. North America emerged as the largest global undersea warfare systems market region, with a 36.7% market revenue share in 2023.

The region has been the only hyperpower globally for almost a decade and has always welcomed the newest and most sophisticated technologies. The fact that the United States has the greatest defence expenditure in the world supports this factor. The region is home to some of the world's top underwater warfare system manufacturers, including Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Textron, Inc. These businesses' presence in the area fosters market expansion.

North America Region Undersea Warfare Systems Market Share in 2023 - 36.7%



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Application Segment Analysis

The application segment is divided into C4ISR, combat, and others. The combat segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 41% in 2023. During the projected period, the global Undersea Warfare Systems market is expected to experience growth due to R&D investment inspired by new advances in maritime technology, including expanded sonar detection ranges, uncrewed vehicles, marine robotics, network-centric warfare, and stealth submarines.

Mode of Operation Segment Analysis

The mode of operation segment is divided into remotely operations, autonomous operations, and manned operations. The remotely operations segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 44% in 2023. Undersea operations employ remotely operated technologies for payload delivery, mining, surveillance, and observation. Several organisations are creating and testing remote underwater combat devices to enhance their operational capabilities.

End-User Segment Analysis

The end-user segment is divided into land-based, airborne, and naval. The naval segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 47% in 2023. The segment will be driven by demand for combat planes, surface ships, helicopters, and submarines throughout the projected period.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • Ultra Electronics
  • Kongsberg Gruppen
  • Boeing Company
  • DRS Technologies
  • Atlas Elektronik
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • Thales Group
  • BAE Systems
  • General Dynamics
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • Lockheed Martin
  • S.A. de Electronica Submarina
  • Harris Corporation
  • ECA Group
  • SAAB

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 16.3 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 27.0 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 5.2%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Application, Mode of Operation, End-User

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the undersea warfare systems market was valued at USD 16.3 billion in 2023 to USD 27.0 billion by 2033.

The global undersea warfare systems market is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

North America emerged as the largest undersea warfare systems market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global undersea warfare systems market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global Undersea Warfare Systems Market By Application:

  • C4ISR
  • Combat
  • Others

Global Undersea Warfare Systems Market By Mode of Operation:

  • Remotely Operations
  • Autonomous Operations
  • Manned Operations

Global Undersea Warfare Systems Market By End-User:

  • Land-Based
  • Airborne
  • Naval  

Global Undersea Warfare Systems Market By Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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