The global unmanned sea systems market is likely to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% during the forecast period. In 2016, the market was led by Americas with a share of 35%, followed by EMEA with 33%, and APAC with 32%.
Unmanned sea systems are the remotely controlled or pre-programmed autonomous water vehicles that can mainly be classified into USVs and UUVs. For military applications, navy mainly uses unmanned sea system for underwater mapping missions, surveillance, and are also used as surface targets during naval exercise, or to clear naval mines.
Global Unmanned Sea System Market 2015 (USD Billion)
The growing demand for advanced autonomous unmanned sea system has led to the market growth. In contrast to the traditional system, the modern UUVs and USVs can autonomously perform certain missions with less control or interference from the human controller. Furthermore, along with the rise in global conflicts and regional tensions, and with the growing need for maritime surveillance, the naval forces around the world are expected to procure more unmanned sea systems.
Unmanned sea system, however, also present peculiar design challenges. The system need to be rugged and smaller in size, however requires to be packed with numerous sensors, and power systems. Also, for underwater operations, communication with submerged platform is a major challenge. Furthermore, economic downturn in Europe and major defense budget cut in the US is adversely affecting the market.
“Optimal Price Point (OPP) for Unmanned Sea System Market”
Estimated Average solution cost – $ xx globally. However, with growth in demand for Unmanned Sea System beyond EU and U.S., OPP and range of acceptable Prices (RAP) are going to change. We at Ameri Research continuously track these prices with our proprietary pricing model.
With other defence systems, unmanned sea systems have also benefitted from the growing use of COTS component. COTS component enables system reuse, and reduces the development time and cost. Also, major focus has been given on SWaP reduction, while designing new unmanned sea system for the naval force. Furthermore, with advancement and miniaturization of electronics technology, unmanned sea system have seen a growing use of advanced on-board electronics systems. This has led to the development of advanced autonomous unmanned sea systems.