Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market Report Scope & Overview:

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market Size was valued at USD 1.50 billion in 2022, and is expected to reach USD 9.07 billion by 2030, and grow at a CAGR of 25.2% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is an unmanned underwater vehicle that operates automatically and is operated by broadcast systems, such as hybrid, mechanical, and electric. It can be applied for commercial and military applications, such as intelligence operations, ISR surveillance, border defense surveillance, scientific research, and the oil and gas industry. It has become an ideal system for creating ocean maps and underwater images for large data collection. Extensive hydrographic work is performed by underwater vehicles in various countries, due to the high cost of technology, high accuracy, high maritime power, and a wide range of data collection sensors.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market Revenue Analysis

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Nowadays, there is a growing need for deep ocean exploration in oceanography, which is driving the growing market for autonomous underwater vehicles. The increasing commercial use of such vehicles by maritime scientists and experts around the world is encouraging market growth.



  • A greater emphasis is being placed on the usage of renewable energy sources.

  • Companies in the offshore oil and gas business are increasing their capital spending.

  • Defense spending is increasing in a number of countries throughout the world.


  • AUVs have high operating expenses.


  • The anticipated expansion of the Internet via 5G is fueling demand for underwater cables.

  • AUV development and integration of innovative technologies.


  • Natural ocean risks and severe maritime weather provide operational challenges.

  • Due to the usage of acoustic transmission, underwater survey pace is becoming slow.


The impact of COVID-19 on the AUV market and consumer demand is not yet clear. However, it is estimated that the production of AUVs will be temporarily reduced as the AUV's oil and gas industry is facing a severe shortage of oil and gas demand. This shortage of oil and gas demand is a result of travel restrictions imposed on many countries, such as Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, the Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine and China, to contain the spread of the virus. However, demand in the military sector is growing as more countries such as US China and India increase their defense budget by 2021. In the case of military and defense applications, the impact of this epidemic is devastating. This is due to the ongoing need, protected by government spending and a supply chain that is less susceptible to disruption (as countries rely heavily on domestic producers for protection).

Based on Payload Type, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market is subdivided into Cameras, Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, Sensors, Echo Sounders and Others. The large market size of the sensor part can be attributed to its advantages as it is widely used in AUV scans, detection, mapping, and remote sensing applications. The AUVs are used to map underwater and to find objects of interest in antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and pipeline inspection. Sensors are also used to identify the location of metals in the ocean floor, to examine substrates, and to identify and isolate various types of chemicals in seawater.

Based on Shape, the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market is subdivided into Torpedo, Streamlined Rectangular Style, Laminar Flow Body and Multi-hull Vehicle. Torpedo AUVs are expected to face the highest growth of the Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) total market by 2030. Torpedo AUVs are widely accepted around the world for their hydrodynamic shape, resulting in slower drag, greater speed, and improved efficiency. They have a high-quality boat that makes them suitable for use in deep water without compromising their speed.

Market Segmentation:


  • Shallow AUVs (up to 100 m)

  • Medium AUVs (up to 1,000m)

  • Large AUVs (>1,000m)


  • Cameras

  • Synthetic Aperture Sonar

  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers

  • Sensors

  • Echo Sounders

  • Others


  • Torpedo

  • Streamlined Rectangular Style

  • Laminar Flow Body

  • Multi-hull Vehicle



  • Military & Defense

  • Environment Protection & Monitoring

  • Archeology & Exploration

  • Oil & Gas

  • Oceanography

  • Search & Salvage Operations

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market Segmentation Analysis

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The Autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) market at APAC is divided into China, Japan and India, the fastest growing AUV market. Factors such as the increase in military spending, the growing demand for emerging economic power, and the increase in the adoption of AUVs in various application areas drive the growth of the AUV market. Demand for AUV mining exploration and oceanographic studies has grown significantly over the past few years. In addition, the growing military capabilities of developing countries such as India and South Korea are expected to increase the need for AUVs in the APAC.


  • North America

    • USA

    • Canada

    • Mexico

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • UK

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • The Netherlands

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • Japan

    • south Korea

    • China

    • India

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • The Middle East & Africa

    • Israel

    • UAE

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America


The key players in the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market are Bae Systems, Boeing, Eca Group, Graal Tech, ECA GROUP, Atlas Elektronik, Bluefin Robotics, Boston Engineering Corporation, Fugro, Hydromea, International Submarine Engineering & Other Players.

Boeing, Eca Group-Company Financial Analysis

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market Report Scope:

Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2022 US$ 1.50 Bn
Market Size by 2030 US$ 9.07 Bn
CAGR CAGR of 25.2% From 2023 to 2030
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2020-2021
Report Scope & Coverage Market Size, Segments Analysis, Competitive  Landscape, Regional Analysis, DROC & SWOT Analysis, Forecast Outlook
Key Segments • By Type (Shallow AUVS(Up To 100 M), Medium AUVS(Up To 1,000m), Large AUVS(>1,000m))
• By Payload Type (Cameras, Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, Sensors, Echo Sounders, Others)
• By Shape (Torpedo, Streamlined Rectangular Style, Laminar Flow Body, Multi-Hull Vehicle)
• By Technology (Collision, Avoidance, Navigation, Imaging, Communication, Propulsion)
• By Industries (Military & Defense, Environment Protection & Monitoring, Archeology & Exploration, Oil & Gas, Oceanography, Search & Salvage Operations)
Regional Analysis/Coverage North America (USA, Canada, Mexico), Europe
(Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands,
Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (Japan, South Korea,
China, India, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific), The
Middle East & Africa (Israel, UAE, South Africa,
Rest of Middle East & Africa), Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
Company Profiles  Systems, Boeing, Eca Group, Graal Tech, ECA GROUP, Atlas Elektronik, Bluefin Robotics, Boston Engineering Corporation, Fugro, Hydromea and International Submarine Engineering
Key Drivers • A greater emphasis is being placed on the usage of renewable energy sources.
• Companies in the offshore oil and gas business are increasing their capital spending.
• Defense spending is increasing in a number of countries throughout the world.
Restraints • AUVs have high operating expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

The market value will be expected to reach USD 9.07 billion by 2030, and grow at a CAGR of 25.2% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

A greater emphasis is being placed on the usage of renewable energy sources, Companies in the offshore oil and gas business are increasing their capital spending, and Defense spending is increasing in a number of countries throughout the world.

The key players in the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Market are Bae Systems, Boeing, Eca Group, Graal Tech, ECA GROUP, Atlas Elektronik, Bluefin Robotics, Boston Engineering Corporation, Fugro, Hydromea and International Submarine Engineering.

Yes, and they are Raw material vendors, Distributors/traders/wholesalers/suppliers, Regulatory authorities, including government agencies and NGO, Commercial research & development (R&D) institutions, Importers and exporters, Government organizations, research organizations, and consulting firms, Trade/Industrial associations, End-use industries.

Manufacturers, Consultants, Association, Research Institutes, private and university libraries, suppliers, and distributors of the product.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction

1.1 Market Definition

1.2 Scope

1.3 Research Assumptions

2. Research Methodology

3. Market Dynamics

3.1 Drivers

3.2 Restraints

3.3 Opportunities

3.4 Challenges

4. Impact Analysis

4.1 COVID-19 Impact Analysis

4.2 Impact of Ukraine- Russia war

4.3 Impact of ongoing Recession

4.3.1 Introduction

4.3.2 Impact on major economies US Canada Germany France United Kingdom China Japan South Korea Rest of the World

5. Value Chain Analysis

6. Porter’s 5 forces model

7.  PEST Analysis


8. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Segmentation, by type


8.2 Shallow AUVs (up to 100 m)

8.3 Medium AUVs (up to 1,000m)

8.4 Large AUVs (>1,000m)

9. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Segmentation, by payload type

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Cameras

9.3 Synthetic Aperture Sonar

9.4 Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers

9.5 Sensors

9.6 Echo Sounders

9.7 Others

10. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Segmentation, by shape

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Torpedo

10.3 Streamlined Rectangular Style

10.4 Laminar Flow Body

10.5 Multi-hull Vehicle

11. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Segmentation, by technology

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Collision Avoidance

11.3 Navigation

11.4 Imaging

11.5 Communication

11.6 Propulsion

12. Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Segmentation, by application

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Military & Defense

12.3 Environment Protection & Monitoring

12.4 Archeology & Exploration

12.5 Oil & Gas

12.6 Oceanography

12.7 Search & Salvage Operations

13. Regional Analysis

13.1 Introduction

13.2 North America

13.2.1 USA

13.2.2 Canada

13.2.3 Mexico

13.3 Europe

13.3.1 Germany

13.3.2 UK

13.3.3 France

13.3.4 Italy

13.3.5 Spain

13.3.6 The Netherlands

13.3.7 Rest of Europe

13.4 Asia-Pacific

13.4.1 Japan

13.4.2 South Korea

13.4.3 China

13.4.4 India

13.4.5 Australia

13.4.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

13.5 The Middle East & Africa

13.5.1 Israel

13.5.2 UAE

13.5.3 South Africa

13.5.4 Rest

13.6 Latin America

13.6.1 Brazil

13.6.2 Argentina

13.6.3 Rest of Latin America

14.Company Profiles

14.1 Atlas Elektronik

14.1.1 Financial

14.1.2 Products/ Services Offered

14.1.3 SWOT Analysis

14.1.4 The SNS view

14.2 Bae Systems

14.3 Boeing

14.4 Eca Group

14.5 Graal Tech


14.7 Bluefin Robotics

14.8 Boston Engineering Corporation

14.9 Fugro

14.10 Hydromea

14.11 International Submarine Engineering

15.Competitive Landscape

15.1 Competitive Benchmark

15.2 Market Share analysis

15.3 Recent Developments


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