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The Worldwide Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Industry is Projected to Reach $7.4 Billion by 2027: Increasing Capital Expenditure of Offshore Oil & Gas Companies Drives Growth – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Market by type (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Application, Propulsion (Electric, Non-Electric), System, Speed, Shape, Depth, Product Type, and Region - Forecast to 2027 " report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The unmanned underwater vehicles market is estimated to be USD 3.5 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 7.4 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 16.0% from 2022 to 2027. 

Unmanned marine surveying

In May 2020, Deep BV, a survey company specializing in hydrography, marine geophysics, and oceanography, upgraded its underwater survey vessel with a Sea Machines SM300 autonomous command and remote-helm control system. The Sea Machines system enables remote command of the vessel, including navigation and positioning, the control of onboard auxiliaries and sensors, and ship-to-shore data flow.

Deep operators can command and control the unmanned vessel and all onboard payloads (including survey sonars, hydrophones, winches, cranes, and davits) from its shore-side Survey Control Room, which has been equipped to manage several surveys simultaneously. Deep is transferring all collected data from the vessel to the control room via 4G and satellite connection. The combination of Sea Machines' technology and the Survey Control Room has enabled Deep to shift from minimally manned missions to unmanned missions.

SwarmDiver by Aquabotix (Australia)

Launched in April 2019 by Aquabotix (Australia), SwarmDiver is the first commercial hybrid vehicle that can be used as both an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) and an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in a swarm. Its swarm can be controlled on the surface by a human operator as a single coordinated entity, which dives on command. Since it is able to function like a UGV, SwarmDiver solves the problem of slow underwater communication caused by the use of acoustic waves; it can transmit data through electromagnetic waves once on the surface in the UGV mode.

Application areas of SwarmDiver include defense and security, environmental monitoring, harbor management, and plume tracking and research. A bio-inspired mini robot weighing 3.7 pounds, SwarmDiver is 29.5 inches long, and has an endurance of 2.5 hours with a diving reach of 150-feet. It measures the temperature and pressure of the water and can be tracked through GPS at a maximum depth of 3.3 feet from the surface of the water. In January 2019, Aquabotix (Australia) received a contract worth USD 70,000 from the US Navy for the further development of SwarmDiver.

Electric Systems: The fastest-growing segment of the remotely operated vehicles market, by propulsion

Based on electric systems, propulsion systems of remotely operated vehicles are further divided into fully electric systems and hybrid systems. Fully electric systems are expected to lead the segment as well as record a higher CAGR across the forecast period due to increasing advancements in battery technology.

North America: The largest contributing region in the unmanned underwater vehicles market

North America includes the US and Canada. The US is one of the largest global developers, operators, and exporters of unmanned military systems. Thus, it accounts for a large share of the North American region in the global unmanned underwater vehicles market.

The main functions of UUVs include ensuring marine border security, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), and anti-submarine warfare. North American countries are awarding several contracts to major players in the unmanned underwater vehicles market to deliver UUVs with combat capabilities, thus driving the growth of the unmanned underwater vehicles market in the region.

Market Dynamics


  • Increasing Capital Expenditure of Offshore Oil & Gas Companies
  • Need for Ocean Data and Mapping
  • Rising Defense Spending Worldwide


  • Failures in Uuvs
  • High Operational Cost of Uuvs


  • Development and Incorporation of Advanced Technologies in UUVs
  • Use of UUVs for Mine Disposal and Anti-Submarine Warfare


  • Slow Underwater Survey Speed

Companies Mentioned

  • Anduril
  • Argeo
  • Bae Systems
  • Eca Group
  • Fugro
  • General Dynamics Corp.
  • Hanwha Systems
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • International Submarine Engineering Ltd.
  • Kongsberg Maritime
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
  • Leonardo Spa
  • Lig Nex 1
  • Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Mitsui E&S Holdings Co. Ltd.
  • Msubs
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Oceaneering International Inc.
  • Oceanscan Mst
  • Rtsys
  • Saab Ab
  • St Engineering
  • Subsea 7
  • Teledyne Technologies
  • The Boeing Company
  • Thyssenkrupp

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/bj6558



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