Global Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Market
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Understand How The Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Market Is Set To Grow In Through 2024-2033

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The unmanned surface vehicle (USV) market has experienced significant growth in recent years, driven by various factors such as maritime surveillance, security needs, commercial applications, and scientific research. This blog explores the market’s current state, future growth prospects, and the key drivers and trends shaping its development.

Current Market Size and Growth

  • Market Size 2023: $1.02 billion
  • Expected Growth 2024: $1.13 billion at a CAGR of 11.6%
  • Historical Growth Drivers:
    • Maritime surveillance and security needs
    • Commercial applications in shipping and logistics
    • Scientific research and ocean exploration
    • Environmental monitoring and conservation
    • Naval mine countermeasures

Future Market Projections

  • Expected Market Size 2028: $1.71 billion at a CAGR of 10.8%
  • Forecast Period Growth Drivers:
    • Increasing adoption in the offshore energy industry
    • Advancements in autonomous navigation systems
    • Expanding applications in maritime research
    • Integration with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
    • Global increase in maritime trade


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Major Trends in the USV Market

  • Oceanographic Research Applications: Enhanced capabilities for data collection and analysis in marine environments.
  • Modular and Scalable Design: Development of USVs with customizable and expandable features.
  • Remote Sensing Technologies: Integration of advanced sensors for improved data acquisition.
  • Defense Applications: Expansion of USV roles in military operations and maritime security.
  • Maritime Security Utilization: Increased use of USVs in surveillance, patrolling, and monitoring.

Maritime Security and USV Market Growth

  • Rising Maritime Security Threats: Escalating risks like terrorism, piracy, and illegal fishing are driving the need for advanced USV solutions.
  • USV Applications in Security:
    • Enhanced situational awareness and real-time data gathering
    • Support in dangerous or hard-to-access maritime areas
    • Collaboration with manned vessels for improved response capabilities
  • Recent Incidents:
    • 65 recorded piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships in the first half of 2023, up from 58 in the same period in 2022.

Key Players in the USV Market

  • Leading Companies: 5G International Inc., L3Harris Technologies, Atlas Elektronik GmbH, ECA Group, Elbit Systems Ltd., Liquid Robotics Inc., Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., SeaRobotics Corporation, Teledyne Technologies Inc., Textron Inc., Israel Aerospace Industries, Maritime Robotics, Kongsberg Maritime, Saab AB, Thales Group, Fugro NV, Open Ocean Robotics, RanMarine Technology, Xera Robotics Pvt. Ltd., Physical Sciences Inc., Metron Inc., TWI Technology Centre, ASV Global, Cavotec, ROV Aerospace Corp., Mesodyne, deMITasse Energies, Blue Bear Plastics Private Limited, Oceaneering International Inc., Waertsilae SAM Electronics

Technological Advances in USV Development

  • Innovative Products: Companies are focusing on product innovation to maintain market position.
  • Example: Marlin SDA:
    • Developed by Sefine Shipyard-Aselsan in September 2022
    • First USV with electronic warfare capability
    • Uses: Naval warfare operations, intelligence gathering, target detection, and surveillance

Strategic Acquisitions

  • OPT Acquires Marine Advanced Robotics: In November 2021, Ocean Power Technologies acquired Marine Advanced Robotics for $11 million, expanding their offshore product line and enhancing their business strategy.

Market Segmentation

  • By Type: Surface, Sub-Surface
  • By Mode of Operation: Autonomous Surface Vehicle, Remotely Operated Surface Vehicle
  • By Hull Type: Catamaran (Twin Hulls), Kayak (Single Hull), Trimaran (Triple Hulls), Rigid Inflatable Hull
  • By Size: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • By Application: Defense, Commercial, Scientific Research, Other Applications

Regional Insights

  • North America: The largest region in the USV market in 2023, driven by significant investments in maritime security and technological advancements.


The unmanned surface vehicle market is set for robust growth, fueled by technological advancements, increasing security needs, and expanding commercial and scientific applications. Key trends and strategic acquisitions will further shape the market landscape, offering exciting opportunities for innovation and development.


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The Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Global Market Report 2024  provides an overview of the unmanned surface vehicle (usv) market for the time series: historic years (2010 – 2021) and ten years forecast (2023 – 2032). The unmanned surface vehicle (usv) market forecast analyzes unmanned surface vehicle (usv) market size, unmanned surface vehicle (usv) market share, leading competitor and their market positions.


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