Europe Naval Vessels Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Europe Naval Vessels Market is Segmented by Vessel Type (Submarine, Frigates, Corvettes, Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers, and Other Vessel Types) and Geography (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Finland, Ukraine, and the Rest of Europe). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecast for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

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Europe Naval Vessels Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 35.44 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 57.62 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 10.21 %
Market Concentration High

Major Players

Europe Naval Vessels Market Major Players

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Europe Naval Vessels Market Analysis

The Europe Naval Vessels Market size is estimated at USD 35.44 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 57.62 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 10.21% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The market is propelled by recent developments of frigates and offshore patrol vessels, owing to their lethality, speed, and maneuverability. The incidents, such as the rise in illegal trespassing of immigrants and drug trafficking in countries such as Italy, Spain, and Albania, have led to the rise in demand for naval vessel developments in this region. Other factors, such as the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) III norms, the need to patrol Exclusive Economic Zones that stretch up to 200 miles beyond national coastlines, and the need for cost-effective naval forces after Cold War era are propelling the market's growth in the region.

The advanced technological developments, such as initiatives to deploy Aegis technology-equipped ships in the European naval fleet and investments in robotics and other digital technology development by local naval shipbuilders, are supporting the growth of the naval vessels market in Europe. However, stringent rules and regulations to reduce emissions and pollution in the ocean are a challenge for naval vessel manufacturers.

Europe Naval Vessels Market Trends

Frigates to Dominate Market Share During the Forecast Period

Frigates are larger warships compared to corvettes and smaller compared to destroyers. Frigates weigh more than 3,000 tons and have a considerable mix of defense and offensive capabilities. These warships find applications in patrol missions, escorting larger ships to protect sea lines of communication and as an auxiliary component of a strike group. The high lethality and low detection capabilities of the frigates are the major reasons for navies around the world to increasingly procure frigates. This has also resulted in countries increasing their annual defense budget in the procurement of frigates. 

The replacement programs in various European countries to replace the current aging fleet of combat ships with modern detection and weapon systems equipped with frigates that have anti-ship, anti-submarine, and air-defense capabilities are propelling the demand for frigates. During the forecast period, the majority of frigate procurement is planned in Europe. For instance, in November 2022, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a USD 4.4 billion contract to BAE Systems plc to manufacture the five City Class Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy in Glasgow. Thus, the frigates segment of the market studied is anticipated to witness steady growth during the forecast period.

Europe Naval Vessels Market - Military Expenditure of Countries in Europe (in USD Billion), 2022

United Kingdom to Exhibit Significant Growth During the Forecast Period

The UK is expected to have a notable market share and will exhibit a substantial growth rate, owing to the long coastal line and increased defense procurement. The country has approximately 12,000km of coastal line that needs to be operated. The country experiences border protection issues and crisis management with the increasing number of individuals crossing the English Channel, which has allowed the nation to stay vigilant and keep its naval vessels ready for operations. 

Due to the increasing causalities in the English Channel, France, and the UK initiated conversations to establish legal migration routes to address the channel crisis. Efforts of the country to modify its existing fleet and increase operational capabilities have led to the UK's procurement of advanced warships. 

For instance, in December 2021, the Defense Select Committee of the UK announced its plans to increase the number of Royal Navy's frigates and destroyers to more than 19 by 2026 and acquire 20 more frigates and destroyers by 2030. These initiatives were taken post the report published by the UK Defense Committee that the country needs to double the escort fleet and increase the size of attack submarines over the coming years. In August 2022, five Astute-class submarines were commissioned into service, and two were under construction. The entry into service of the last submarine is planned for 2026. 

Europe Naval Vessels Market -  United Kingdom Naval Vessels Fleet (in units), 2022

Europe Naval Vessels Industry Overview

The European naval vessels market is consolidated with the presence of prominent players, such as Navantia S.A. SM.E, Naval Group, FINCANTIERI S.p.A., ThyssenKrupp AG, and BAE Systems plc, that are dominating the market. The key players in the market own several shipbuilding yards dedicated to naval vessel developments. The prominent revenue generation strategy of key players is winning contracts and orders from European and foreign governments. 

The market players are also collaborating to develop advanced naval vessels to cater to the demands of the armed forces. For instance, a consortium led by Fincantieri, Naval Group, and Navantia submitted an industrial proposal to develop a European patrol corvette (EPC) in December 2021. The EPC is expected to replace several classes of ships, from patrol vessels to light frigates, in service of the European countries. Such partnerships are expected to help the players expand their business during the forecast period.

Europe Naval Vessels Market Leaders

  1. Naval Group

  2. FINCANTIERI S.p.A.

  3. BAE Systems plc

  4. Navantia S.A. SM.E

  5. ThyssenKrupp AG

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Europe Naval Vessels Market News

  • July 2023: Europe's Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) awarded Fincantieri/Naval Group joint venture Naviris and MBDA/Thales joint venture Eurosam a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the French and Italian navies' Horizon-class frigates.
  • February 2023: BMT signed a sub-contract with Navantia UK to officially formalize its contribution to the UK Royal Navy's future Fleet Solid Support (FSS) program. The sub-contract has been awarded after the selection of Team Resolute for the production and delivery of FSS vessels to the Royal Navy under a USD 1.69 billion contract.

Europe Naval Vessels Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Vessel Type

      1. 5.1.1 Submarine

      2. 5.1.2 Frigates

      3. 5.1.3 Corvettes

      4. 5.1.4 Aircraft Carrier

      5. 5.1.5 Destroyers

      6. 5.1.6 Other Vessel Types

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Europe

        1. 5.2.1.1 United Kingdom

        2. 5.2.1.2 France

        3. 5.2.1.3 Germany

        4. 5.2.1.4 Russia

        5. 5.2.1.5 Spain

        6. 5.2.1.6 Finland

        7. 5.2.1.7 Ukraine

        8. 5.2.1.8 Rest of Europe

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 A&P Group Limited

      2. 6.1.2 FINCANTIERI S.p.A.

      3. 6.1.3 Naval Group

      4. 6.1.4 Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG

      5. 6.1.5 German Naval Yards Kiel GmbH

      6. 6.1.6 Dassault Systèmes

      7. 6.1.7 BAE Systems plc

      8. 6.1.8 ThyssenKrupp AG

      9. 6.1.9 Navantia S.A. SM.E

      10. 6.1.10 JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation

      11. 6.1.11 Rauma Marine Constructions

      12. 6.1.12 Smart Maritime Group

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Europe Naval Vessels Industry Segmentation

A naval vessel or ship is a military vessel used by a navy. Generally, naval vessels are damage-resilient and armed with weapon systems.

The Europe naval vessels market is segmented by vessel type and geography. By vessel type, the market is segmented into aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, cruisers, submarines, and other vessel types. The other vessel types include amphibious warfare ships, littoral combat ships, cruisers, mine countermeasure ships, and patrol ships. The report also offers the market size and forecasts for seven countries across the region. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on value (USD).

Vessel Type
Submarine
Frigates
Corvettes
Aircraft Carrier
Destroyers
Other Vessel Types
Geography
Europe
United Kingdom
France
Germany
Russia
Spain
Finland
Ukraine
Rest of Europe
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Europe Naval Vessels Market Research FAQs

The Europe Naval Vessels Market size is expected to reach USD 35.44 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 10.21% to reach USD 57.62 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Europe Naval Vessels Market size is expected to reach USD 35.44 billion.

Naval Group, FINCANTIERI S.p.A., BAE Systems plc, Navantia S.A. SM.E and ThyssenKrupp AG are the major companies operating in the Europe Naval Vessels Market.

In 2023, the Europe Naval Vessels Market size was estimated at USD 31.82 billion. The report covers the Europe Naval Vessels Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Europe Naval Vessels Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Europe Naval Vessels Industry Report

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