Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market Size, Share, Growth Report 2030

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market By Application (Defense, Research, and Oil & Gas), By Type (Large, Medium, and Small), By Payload (Sensors, Camera, Inertial Navigation System, and Others), By Propulsion System (Mechanical, Electrical, and Hybrid), and By Region - Global and Regional Industry Overview, Market Intelligence, Comprehensive Analysis, Historical Data, and Forecasts 2022 – 2028

Category: Semiconductor & Electronics Report Format : PDF Pages: 175 Report Code: ZMR-1108 Published Date: Nov-2022 Status : Published

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market size was worth around USD 1.81 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 6.45 billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 20.1% between 2022 and 2028.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market

Industry Prospective:

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market size was worth around USD 1.81 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 6.45 billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 20.1% between 2022 and 2028. The report analyzes the global autonomous underwater vehicles market drivers, restraints/challenges, and the effect they have on the demands during the projection period. In addition, the report explores emerging opportunities in the autonomous underwater vehicles market.

 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Overview

An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is a robot body that is immersed in water to perform functions without the requirement of a manual operator. They are a part of the larger group of independent vehicles called unmanned underwater vehicles. This classification includes all automobiles falling under remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) that are controlled from the surface via remote controls.

In military segments, AUVs are referred to as unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV). The product was first developed in 1957 in the US in a research laboratory. The first AUV was used to study acoustic transmission, diffusion, and submarine wakes deep inside the water. In the last 5 decades, the global market has witnessed a high development rate in the AUV segment but there are only some companies that have made a mark and sold in large quantities owing to the safety concerns associated with the vehicle.

For the international market, there are approximately 10 companies only that sell a product that is widely accepted. AUVs differ in size from small-diameter vehicles to ones with large diameters depending on the final goal aimed with the use of AUVs. There are some companies that benefit from selling the products in the domestic market as compared to international regions.

Key Insights 

  • As per the analysis shared by our research analyst, the global autonomous underwater vehicles market is estimated to grow annually at a CAGR of around 20.1% over the forecast period (2022-2028)
  • In terms of revenue, the global autonomous underwater vehicles market size was valued at around USD 1.81 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 6.45 billion, by 2028. Due to a variety of driving factors, the market is predicted to rise at a significant rate
  • Based on application type segmentation, the defense was predicted to show maximum market share in the year 2021
  • Based on the payload segmentation, the inertial navigation system was the leading payload in 2021
  • On the basis of region, North America was the leading revenue generator in 2021

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Growth Drivers

Growing demand for deep-sea exploration to propel market demand

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is projected to grow owing to the growing investments in deep-sea exploration. Although technology has reached new levels, there are still a lot of segments of deep-sea unexplored which is one the major reasons why mankind and world leaders are focusing more on understanding the way the sea and oceans function. As per estimates, more than 80% of the ocean is left unmapped, and unexplored.

They are not even seen by humans. However, with the help of technology, mankind now has the capacity to undertake such explorational activities to learn more about the Earth and its impact on the future. Deep-sea explorations have helped mankind understand and study marine hazards, biological resources, tectonics, and other forms of ecosystems. As per the 2022 report, the Indian government has already allocated a budget of INR 4,077 to be used over the next five years for the ambitious Deep Ocean Mission (DOM) under the guidance of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Restraints

Uncertainty of performance to restrict market expansion

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is projected to face restrictions owing to the unreliability of the performance quality of the device. Since AUVs are installed with multiple sensors, cameras, and other equipment while they operate without any human intervention but since the underwater space is an unexplored area and various uncertainties are associated with such regions, there could be instances where the product may malfunction or not provide accurate results.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Opportunities

Growing applications in the oil & gas sector to provide growth opportunities

In the commercial segment, AUVs are being used extensively in the oil & gas sector for the mapping of the seafloor. This is required before any business starter builds structures to avoid any mishaps. Subsea completions, pipelines, or any other structure can only be constructed for optimum results only after the sea surface has been carefully examined. Since AUVs allow for conducting precise surveys, many hydrophobic companies invest heavily in AUVs as their main assets. In 2021, Russia produced more than a billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Challenges

Use for illegal purposes, a major challenge for market players

Many AUVs with built-in global positioning systems are generally made by illegal drug traffickers. Since small AUVs may sometimes go undetected they have become one of the preferred ways drug dealers transport their products across the border. Distinguishing between the legal and illegal applications of AUVs is a major concern for global players since it can impact brand value and give rise to unwanted situations.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Segmentation

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is segmented based on application, type, payload, propulsion system, and region.

Based on application, the global market is segmented into defense, research, and oil & gas. The global market witnessed the highest growth in the defense segment in 2021 owing to the rising undertakings by the government and related agencies to enhance underwater surveillance, and improve the country’s intelligence along with growing investments in the nation’s submarine numbers and naval strength.

The US Navy boasts more than 50,000 non-combat vehicles, 480 ships, and 3,900 manned aircraft. However, the research segment may also grow at a high CAGR. In July 2022, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, the national science agency of Australia joined the exploration program in the Pacific ocean. The growing number of exploration licenses may also help the segment generate high revenue.

Based on payload, the global market is divided into sensors, camera, inertial navigation system, and others. The global market witnessed the highest return in the inertial navigation system. In this process, the equipment is used for demining, or conducting oceanographic surveys, along with data collection during the bathymetric survey. The global market may witness high growth in the sensors segment due to the high application of advanced sensors that can provide real-time information.

Recent Developments:

  • In June 2022, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) announced a partnership with Oceano Aero to help KAUST deploy artificial-intelligence-driven underwater vehicles. The move will help the research institute investigate the Red Sea area
  • In November 2022, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. unveiled a new unmanned underwater vehicle called the REMUS 620. The new product falls in the medium range and is inspired by REMUS 300 which was recently selected by the US Navy

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market Report Scope:

Report Attributes Report Details
Report Name Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market Research Report
Market Size in 2021 USD 1.81 Billion
Market Forecast in 2028 USD 6.45 Billion
Compound Annual Growth Rate CAGR of 20.01%
Number of Pages 175
Forecast Units Value (USD Billion), and Volume (Units)
Key Companies Covered Bluefin Robotics, Graal Tech, Atlas Elektronik Gmbh, Boston Engineering Corporation, Hydromea Sa, Eca Group, Bae Systems, Fugro, and Boeing.
Segments Covered By Application, By Type, By Payload, By Propulsion System and By Region
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America, Middle East and Africa (MEA)
Countries Covered North America: U.S and Canada
Europe: Germany, Italy, Russia, U.K, Spain, France, Rest of Europe
APAC: China, Australia, Japan, India, South Korea, South East Asia, Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile
The Middle East And Africa: South Africa, GCC, Rest of MEA
Base Year 2021
Historical Year 2016 to 2020
Forecast Year 2022 - 2028
Customization Scope Avail customized purchase options to meet your exact research needs. Request For Customization

 

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Regional Analysis

North America to dominate market growth during the projection period

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is projected to witness the highest growth in North America. In 2021, the regional market contributed more than 0.38 billion to the global market share. The high CAGR is expected to be influenced due to the US and Canada owing to high spending on strengthening naval forces along with research & development activities. The US Navy is the world’s strongest navy with high funds equipped with some of the most advanced forms of naval technologies. Asia-Pacific is projected to generate higher revenue owing to the growing interest of research institutes in undertaking exploration activities in the Pacific ocean. China could contribute heavily to the regional market growth as China’s Navy strength is extremely close to that of the US. The growing application of AUVs for other reasons may also help generate more revenue. For instance, AUV Bluefin-21 was used to investigate the air crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Market: Regional Analysis

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is dominated by players like Bluefin Robotics, Graal Tech, Atlas Elektronik Gmbh, Boston Engineering Corporation, Hydromea Sa, Eca Group, Bae Systems, Fugro, and Boeing.

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is segmented as follows:

By Application

  • Defense
  • Research
  • Oil & Gas

By Type

  • Large
  • Medium
  • Small

By Payload

  • Sensors
  • Camera
  • Inertial Navigation System
  • Others

By Propulsion System

  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Hybrid

By Region

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • France 
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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FrequentlyAsked Questions

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is projected to grow owing to the growing investments in deep-sea exploration. Although technology has reached new levels, there are still a lot of segments of deep-sea unexplored which is one the major reasons why mankind and world leaders are focusing more on understanding the way the sea and oceans function.

According to study, the global autonomous underwater vehicles market size was worth around USD 1.81 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 6.45 billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 20.1% between 2022 and 2028.

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is projected to witness the highest growth in North America. In 2021, the regional market contributed more than 0.38 billion to the global market share. The high CAGR is expected to be influenced due to the US and Canada owing to high spending on strengthening naval forces along with research & development activities.

The global autonomous underwater vehicles market is dominated by players like Bluefin Robotics, Graal Tech, Atlas Elektronik Gmbh, Boston Engineering Corporation, Hydromea Sa, Eca Group, Bae Systems, Fugro, and Boeing.

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