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Sonobuoy Market

Sonobuoy Market Size, Share & Segmentation by Function (Active, Passive, Special Purpose), by Application (Defense, Commercial), Size (A, B, C), by Deployment (Spring, Pneumatic, Free Fall, Cartridge), by Technology (BT, SAR, DICASS, DLC, DIFAR, LOFAR, EER, ADAR, VLAD), by Regions and Global Forecast 2023-2030

Report Id: SNS/A&D/2234 | July 2022 | Region: Global | 150 Pages

Report Scope & Overview:

Sonobuoy Market Size was valued at USD 0.35 billion in 2022, expected to reach USD 0.60 billion by 2030, and grow at a CAGR of  7% over the forecast period 2023-2030.

Sonobuoys are acoustic sensing systems that are dropped into the ocean by an aeroplane or ship to detect sound waves. Hydrophones are utilised in these anti-submarine warfare devices to listen for and record acoustic signals emitted by other submarines. The sonobuoys' radio transmitters send these signals back to the aircraft or ship.

Sonobuoy Market Revenue Graph

Early detection of hostile submarines can aid in the prevention of prospective attacks and resource loss. These factors are propelling naval forces around the world to deploy sonobuoys, hence propelling the global sonobuoy market forward.



  • Rising Demand for Submarines

  • Growing in Industrial Applications of Sonobuoys


  • The Effects of Sonobuoys on Marine Life

  • Limitations in Detecting Increasingly Stealthy Submarines in Littoral Zones


  • Increased demand in Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

  • Growing Demand for Low-Cost ASW Systems


  • Littoral Zones Have Limited Detection Capability


As a result of COVID-19's detrimental impact on businesses such as oil and gas, the need for sonobuoys has declined. However, while the defence industry has been marginally influenced by the pandemic, the market for sonobuoy in this field has been less damaged than in commercial industries. The virus has impacted critical functions such as manufacturing facilities and supply chains. A similar trend is expected to be found in companies that manufacture sonobuoys and related supply chain modules.

Aside from viable businesses, the defence sector is projected to boost the development of the sonobuoy market. In contrast, a reasonable influence is expected on the sonobuoy market's manufacturing chain. The lockdown time is expected to be reduced in the future, allowing enterprises to resume operations and allowing the market to recover.

Increased focus by governments on upgrading their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities, increased efficiency of sonobuoys due to various technical breakthroughs, and an increase in maritime conflicts in Asia-Pacific are projected to drive the sonobuoy market.

The primary applications considered for the market analysis are defence and civil, with the defence segment dominating the entire sonobuoy market. This market is expected to rise at a comparably higher CAGR from 2022 to 2028, owing mostly to growing demand for sonobuoys, which are a vital aspect of anti-submarine warfare (ASW), a crucial area of relevance due to rising maritime disputes and the development of stealthier submarines.

The passive sonobuoy sector dominates the sonobuoy market, which is further subdivided by function. This sector leads the studied market and is likely to maintain its dominance over the next five years, owing to increased demand for passive sonobuoys, which are more effective in detection due to their capacity to prevent a tracking aircraft from being detected by a submarine.

The passive sonobuoy sector is expected to account for the largest market revenue share by 2028, owing to the fact that passive sonobuoys may detect without exposing their presence to the target. Because active sonobuoys are employed for target localization and tracking, the category is expected to account for the second largest market revenue share by 2028. The detection and tracking category is expected to grow at the fastest rate throughout the projected period, followed by the safety and security segment. The detection and tracking of opponent submarines is projected to be a major element driving demand for this application category.


Radixon, Ultra-Electronics Group, Spartan, General Dynamics Corporation, Thales Group, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sealandaire Technologies Inc., Lone Star Electronics Co., Sigma Pi-Power Sources Pvt Ltd., and other players.


by Technology

  • Bathythermo Buoy,

  • Search & Rescue Buoy

  • Directional Command Activated

  • Data Link Communications

  • Directional Frequency Analysis and Recording

  • Low Frequency Analysis and Recording

  • Extended Echo Ranging

  • Air Deployable Active Receiver

  • Vertical Line Array Directional Frequency Analysis and Recording

by Deployment

  • Spring

  • Pneumatic

  • Free-fall

  • Cartridge

by Function

  • Active

  • Passive

  • Special Purpose

By Application

  • Defense

  • Civil

Sonobuoy Market Segment Chart


Because of the existence of large producers, the North American sonobuoy market is expected to be a well-known region for the sonobuoy industry. North America accounted for 31.83 percent of the worldwide sonobuoy market. The expected increase in environmental exploration investments by 2028 will create chances for sonobuoy industry participants. The region's sonobuoy market is being propelled forward by naval upgrading efforts and the construction of maritime facilities, including the use of sonobuoys for submarine recognition.

Throughout the study period, the European sonobuoy market is expected to be the second largest. The presence of the leading market competitors is projected to drive the development of the sonobuoy market in Europe. The European regional market is expected to have an impact on income-earning potential.

Collective funding in research to direct underwater acoustic surveillance in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions is expected to drive the development of the global sonobuoy market in the future years. Furthermore, naval modernization programmes are fueling Asia Pacific market growth.


  • 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

Sonobuoy Market Report Scope:
Report Attributes Details
Market Size in 2022 US$ 0.35 Billion
Market Size by 2030 US$ 0.60 Billion
CAGR CAGR of 7% 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 Function (Active, Passive, Special Purpose)
• By Application (Defense, Commercial), Size (A, B, C)
• By Deployment (Spring, Pneumatic, Free Fall, Cartridge)
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 Radixon, Ultra-Electronics Group, Spartan, General Dynamics Corporation, Thales Group, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sealandaire Technologies Inc., Lone Star Electronics Co., Sigma Pi-Power Sources Pvt Ltd., and other players.
DRIVERS • Rising Demand for Submarines
• Growing in Industrial Applications of Sonobuoys
RESTRAINTS • The Effects of Sonobuoys on Marine Life
• Limitations in Detecting Increasingly Stealthy Submarines in Littoral Zones

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Rising Demand for Submarines and Growing in Industrial Applications of Sonobuoys

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, The Middle East & Africa, Latin America are the major region cover.


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Table of Content:


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.Sonobuoy Market, by Technology

8.1 Bathythermo Buoy,

8.2 Search & Rescue Buoy

8.3 Directional Command Activated

8.4 Data Link Communications

8.5 Directional Frequency Analysis and Recording

8.6 Low Frequency Analysis and Recording

8.7 Extended Echo Ranging

8.8 Air Deployable Active Receiver

8.9 Vertical Line Array Directional Frequency Analysis and Recording


9.Sonobuoy Market, by Deployment

9.1 Spring

9.2 Pneumatic

9.3 Free-fall

9.4 Cartridge


10.Sonobuoy Market, by Function

10.1 Active

10.2 Passive

10.3 Special Purpose


11.Sonobuoy Market, by Application

11.1 Defense

11.2 Civil


12. Regional Analysis

12.1 Introduction

12.2 North America

12.2.1 USA

12.2.2 Canada

12.2.3 Mexico

12.3 Europe

12.3.1 Germany

12.3.2 UK

12.3.3 France

12.3.4 Italy

12.3.5 Spain

12.3.6 The Netherlands

12.3.7 Rest of Europe

12.4 Asia-Pacific

12.4.1 Japan

12.4.2 South Korea

12.4.3 China

12.4.4 India

12.4.5 Australia

12.4.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific

12.5 The Middle East & Africa

12.5.1 Israel

12.5.2 UAE

12.5.3 South Africa

12.5.4 Rest

12.6 Latin America

12.6.1 Brazil

12.6.2 Argentina

12.6.3 Rest of Latin America


13.Company Profiles

13.1 Ultra-Electronics Group

13.1.1 Financial

13.1.2 Products/ Services Offered

13.1.3 SWOT Analysis

13.1.4 The SNS view

13.2 Radixon

13.3 Spartan

13.4 General Dynamics Corporation

13.5 Thales Group

13.6 Lockheed Martin Corporation

13.7 Sealandaire Technologies Inc.

13.8 Lone Star Electronics Co.

13.9 Sigma Pi-Power Sources Pvt Ltd


14. Competitive Landscape

14.1 Competitive Benchmarking

14.2 Market Share analysis

14.3 Recent Developments


15. Conclusion


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