Un­der­sea war­fare mar­ket


The un­der­sea war­fare mar­ket struc­ture is chang­ing. The high­cost sec­tor of the mar­ket is ex­pand­ing as new un­manned ve­hi­cles, tor­pe­does and fire con­trol sys­tems are de­vel­oped to re­place older-gen­er­a­tion equip­ment. Mean­while, pro­duc­tion of low­cost items like sonobuoys is de­clin­ing as the need to chase sub­ma­rine con­tracts fades.

The Pen­tagon’s bud­get re­quest for un­manned maritime sys­tems (in­clud­ing un­manned sur­face) re­search, de­vel­op­ment, test­ing, pro­cure­ment, op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance is ap­prox­i­mately $641 mil­lion for the 2011 to 2015 pe­riod.

With the end of the Cold War and di­min­ished threat lev­els, the US Depart­ment of De­fense (DoD) re­duced its torpedo in­ven­tory re­quire­ments. Based on cur­rent threat pro­jec­tions, the depart­ment does not ex­pect to re­quire full pro­duc­tion again for ap­prox­i­mately 25 years when re­place­ment tor­pe­does will be needed. Torpedo pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­ity is wan­ing ac­cord­ingly, and each of thep­rime man­u­fac­tur­ers cur­rently has ex­cess torpedo pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity.

World­wide Torpedo Pro­duc­tion

Tor­pe­does are pur­chased by al­most all navies to sup­port their mil­i­tary needs. In 1994, the value of world­wide torpedo pro­duc­tion to­talled $655 mil­lion, and it in­creased by al­most 70 per cent in 2002. The in­creas­ing num­ber of coun­tries with diesel elec­tric sub­marines and lit­toral war­fare sur­face craft is in­creas­ing torpedo de­mand. Ad­di­tion­ally, the need to up­grade older, pri­mar­ily deep­wa­ter, tor­pe­does to im­prove their per­for­mance in shal­low wa­ter in­creases de­mand in this mar­ket.

Cur­rent world­wide torpedo pro­duc­ers of both heavy­weight and light­weight tor­pe­does in­clude the United States, the United King­dom, France, Ger­many, Italy, Swe­den, the for­mer Soviet Union, Ja­pan, and China.

Sea­Hake torpedo

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