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Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market - By System (Sensors, Electronic Support Measures, Armament), By Platform (Submarines, Surface Ships, Helicopters, Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Unmanned Systems), By End Users (Naval Forces, Aerospace and Defense Contractors), Forecast 2024 - 2032

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  • Published Date: Feb 2024
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Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market Size

Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market size was valued at USD 17.7 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 4.5% between 2024 and 2032. Increasing investments in maritime surveillance capabilities are driving market growth.


Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market

Governments worldwide are allocating significant funds to enhance their naval forces' ability to detect and neutralize submarine threats. For instance, in September 2023, the Australian government allocated USD 1 billion to bolster its maritime surveillance capabilities. This investment will focus on enhancing various capabilities of Boeing aircraft including anti-submarine warfare, maritime strike, and intelligence collection capabilities. This heightened focus on maritime security is spurring demand for advanced anti-submarine warfare technologies and systems including sonar, torpedoes & underwater drones, thereby propelling the anti-submarine warfare market expansion.

The escalating requirement for robust anti-submarine warfare capabilities to mitigate potential threats is a significant factor propelling the anti-submarine warfare market. With the increasing proliferation of submarines worldwide, both conventional & nuclear-powered, there is a pressing need for advanced warfare systems to detect, track, and neutralize these threats effectively. Governments are also investing in warfare technologies including sonar systems, torpedoes, maritime patrol aircraft, and unmanned underwater vehicles to bolster their naval defenses and ensure maritime security in the face of evolving submarine threats.

Rapidly evolving submarine technology presents a significant challenge for the anti-submarine warfare market. Submarines are increasingly equipped with advanced stealth features, making them quieter and harder to detect using traditional anti-submarine warfare methods. Keeping pace with these technological advancements requires continuous innovation in anti-submarine warfare systems and sensors to ensure reliable detection & tracking capabilities. Failure to effectively counter these advancements can lead to gaps in maritime security, compromising the ability to detect and neutralize submarine threats effectively.

Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market Trends

Advancements in maritime technologies are driving growth in the anti-submarine warfare market. Innovations in sonar systems, Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), and Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs) are enhancing the capabilities of anti-submarine warfare platforms for detecting & tracking submarines more effectively. For instance, in September 2023, BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics showcased the T-600 heavy lift Unmanned Air System (UAS) during a major NATO exercise in Portugal. Throughout the multinational drill, the demonstrator effectively deployed an anti-submarine torpedo, an inert Sting Ray training variant for the first time during a sea-based flight mission.

Additionally, developments in data fusion, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are improving the accuracy & speed of submarine detection, enabling naval forces to respond swiftly to potential threats. These advancements are propelling the anti-submarine warfare market by providing more efficient and reliable solutions for maritime security challenges.

The integration of unmanned systems including UUV, ASV, and UAV is revolutionizing anti-submarine warfare. These platforms offer extended endurance, increased coverage, and reduced risk to human operators, enabling more persistent & effective monitoring of underwater threats. Their ability to operate autonomously or in coordination with manned assets enhances the flexibility and scalability of anti-submarine warfare operations, making them a key growth driver in the market.

Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market Analysis

Anti-Submarine Warfare System Market, By System, 2022 – 2032, (USD Billion)

Based on systems, the market is divided into sensors, electronic support measures and armament. The sensors segment accounted for a market share of around 46% and is projected to grow by 2032. The increasing demand for sophisticated sensors in the anti-submarine warfare market is driving growth in the sensors segment. Advanced sensor technologies, such as sonar systems & acoustic arrays, play a crucial role in detecting and tracking submarines effectively.

For instance, in October 2023, Lockheed Martin Corp. received orders from U.S. military anti-submarine warfare specialists to manufacture six MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters for Norway as part of a recently disclosed USD 364.3 million contract. These versatile MH-60R helicopters boast advanced sensors and are tailored for both anti-submarine & anti-surface warfare operations. As navies worldwide prioritize enhancing their anti-submarine warfare capabilities, there is a growing need for sensors with higher sensitivity, accuracy & processing capabilities.

Anti-Submarine Warfare System Market Share, By Platform, 2023

Based on the platform, the anti-submarine warfare systems market is categorized into submarines, surface ships, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned systems. In 2023, the submarines segment will hold around 28% in the overall market. The proliferation of submarines and advancements in submarine technology are driving the submarines segment growth.

With an increasing number of submarines including quieter and more stealthy designs, there is a heightened demand for advanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities to detect and track them effectively. This necessitates the development of sophisticated anti-submarine warfare systems and platforms, such as sonar arrays & underwater drones, to counter potential threats posed by submarines and maintain maritime security.

U.S. Anti-Submarine Warfare System Market Size, 2022 -2032, (USD Billion)

North America holds a market share of over 38% in 2023. Naval modernization efforts in North America are a significant driver of the anti-submarine warfare systems market. U.S. companies are investing in the upgrade & expansion of their naval fleets including the procurement of advanced submarines and anti-submarine warfare platforms.

This modernization encompasses the integration of state-of-the-art technologies such as advanced sonar systems, Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), and maritime patrol aircraft equipped with anti-submarine warfare capabilities. This is done to enhance maritime security, maintain naval superiority, and effectively counter evolving undersea threats, thereby fueling the anti-submarine warfare market growth in the country.

Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market Share

Lockheed Martin Corporation, RTX Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation hold a significant market share of over 24% in the market. Companies in the anti-submarine warfare systems industry employ several key strategies to enhance their market foothold. Lockheed Martin focuses on continuous innovation in ASW technologies, leveraging its expertise in sensors, sonar systems, and underwater capabilities to stay at the forefront of technological advancements.

Northrop Grumman Corporation forms strategic partnerships and collaborations with defense contractors, organizations, and research institutions as a strategy. This approach helps North Grumman leverage collective expertise and resources for the development and implementation of ASW solutions. For instance, in February 2021, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Ultra collaborated to equip a modified Bell 407 manned platform with Ultra sonobuoys to complete an anti-submarine warfare capability demonstration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Furthermore, to improve data analysis and decision-making processes, RTX Corporation invests in AI and ML technologies. For instance, in December 2022, RTX Corporation invested in EpiSci, a company that develops autonomous solutions. The investment supports the company's mission of developing advanced autonomous technologies and will aid in the integration of EpiSci's Tactical AI technology.

Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Market Companies

Major players operating in the anti-submarine warfare systems industry are:

  • BAE Systems plc
  • DSIT Solutions Ltd
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Naval Group (Formerly DCNS)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • RTX Corporation
  • Saab AB
  • Thales Group

Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems Industry News

  • In December 2023, Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) launched the first three ships of its 08 x ASW Shallow Water Craft (CSL) project for the Indian Navy. These vessels will feature advanced underwater weapons and sensors with over 80% of the content being indigenous.
  • In May 2023, Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, collaborated with Atlas Elektronik, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in Germany, to launch their latest joint development for advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) missions at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) Conference and Exhibition in Germany.

The anti-submarine warfare systems market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) from 2018 - 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Systems

  • Sensors
  • Electronic support measures
  • Armament

Market, By Platform

  • Submarines
  • Surface ships
  • Helicopters
  • Maritime patrol aircraft
  • Unmanned systems

Market, By End Users

  • Naval Forces
  • Aerospace and defense contractors

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani, Aishvarya Ambekar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The anti-submarine warfare systems industry was valued at USD 17.7 billion in 2023 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 4.5% between 2024 & 2032, driven by increasing investments in maritime surveillance capabilities.

In 2023, the submarines segment accounted for 28% market share, favored by the proliferation of submarines and advancements in submarine technology.

North America anti-submarine warfare systems industry held a revenue share of over 38% in 2023, attributed to the integration of state-of-the-art technologies such as advanced sonar systems, Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), and maritime patrol aircraft.

BAE Systems plc, DSIT Solutions Ltd, Elbit Systems Ltd., General Dynamics Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Naval Group (Formerly DCNS), Northrop Grumman Corporation, RTX Corporation, Saab AB, and Thales Group.

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 20
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