Naval Vessels Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2030)

The Naval Vessels Market is segmented by Vessel Type (Destroyers, Frigates, Submarines, Corvettes, Aircraft Carriers, and Other Vessel Types), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Naval Vessels Market in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Naval Vessels Market_Overview
Study Period: 2017-2030
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 13.5 %

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Market Overview

The Naval Vessels Market was valued at USD 57.01 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to reach USD 232 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 13.5% during the forecast period (2021 - 2030).

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent shutdowns have affected the defense manufacturing sector in several countries. The negative impacts of the pandemic are visible in the global defense supply chains as several programs rely upon a unique global network of part suppliers. Though governments and defense companies have emphasized avoiding disruptions, the pandemic has resulted in several delays in the development efforts. Considering the longer timelines involved in the development of naval vessels, the delays are expected to result in extra expenditures for the shipbuilders. For instance, in Canada, the construction of new naval ships by Irving and Seaspan ULC in Vancouver has been delayed due to supply chain disruptions due to lockdowns and the COVID-19 measures at their shipyards. Hence, the reduction in production rates due to the pandemic-induced disruptions are expected to hinder the growth of the market during the initial few years of the forecast period.

As geopolitical tensions, and maritime disputes between various nations are increasing, countries are striving to enhance their naval capabilities. Several nations are upgrading their existing naval fleets or replacing their aging fleets with newer-generation vessels that come with advanced features. With the growth in defense spending by several nations over the past decade, the industry witnessed large-scale procurement and development activities.

Technological advancements are further supporting the development of the newer generation naval vessels, as each nation wants its naval combat capabilities to be up to date. As several countries currently operate older naval fleets, they are emphasizing on procuring vessels with the latest technologies, in order to gain a qualitative technological edge over their adversaries.

The North America and Asia-Pacific region are expected to experience tremendous growth during the forecast period. The escalated tensions between the countries in Asia-Pacific region have led to countries increasing their military spending levels and their naval fleets, which will boost the growth of the market studied.

Scope of the Report

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 naval vessels market is segmented by vessel types and geography. The vessel type includes destroyers, cruisers, frigates, submarines, corvettes, aircraft carriers, and other vessel types. The "Other Vessel Types" segment includes amphibious warfare ships, littoral combat ships, cruisers, mine countermeasure ships, and patrol ships. The report provides the market size and forecasts for all the major countries in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle-East and Africa. The profiles of major players in the market are also covered along with their market shares. The market size and forecast are provided by value (USD billion).

Vessel Type
Aircraft Carriers
Other Vessel Types
North America
Unites States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Aircraft Carrier Segment Accounted for the Largest Share in the Market in 2020

An aircraft carrier is a warship that acts as a seagoing airbase, consisting of a full-length flight deck and facilities to carry, arm, deploy, and recover aircraft. Aircraft carriers are the largest warships in the naval fleet as they require a large amount of deck room. Aircraft carriers require defensive capabilities for protecting the multitude of aircraft and crew on-board. Some of the new aircraft carriers developed include Gerald R Ford class by the United States and Type 001A class by China. The first vessel of the US’ Gerald R Ford was commissioned in July 2017 and is expected to be deployed by 2022. This aircraft carrier can carry more than 75 aircraft, whereas the future aircraft carriers, the USS Enterprise and USS John F Kennedy, will be able to carry up to 90 combat aircraft. On the other hand, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China has been involved in the construction of a new, domestically built aircraft carrier class by the Dalian Industry Shipbuilding Company. This aircraft has a capacity to hold about 38-40 aircraft in total. The first Type 001A class aircraft carrier was inducted in December 2019. The Indian Navy is also planning to indigenously develop and acquire its third aircraft carrier, named the IAC-2, to supplement the INS Vikramaditya and the INS Vikrant. Also, in December 2020, the French Navy officially started constructing its new aircraft carrier. The new design is estimated to cost USD 8 billion for construction, and the aircraft carrier would feature a nuclear-powered propulsion system and electromagnetic catapults. The new aircraft carrier is scheduled to enter active service by 2038. However, the technological developments and the rising popularity of relatively smaller naval vessels such as frigates and corvettes, the market for aircraft carriers is expected to witness modest growth during the forecast period.

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North America Region to be the Fastest Growing Market During the Forecast Period

The naval vessels market in North America is majorly driven by the United States. The United States navy has over 490 ships in both active service and the reserve fleet, with about 90 more in either the planning and ordering stage or under construction. Both the Navy and the Department of Defense have been working on the goal to achieve a more distributed fleet architecture featuring a smaller proportion of larger ships, a larger proportion of smaller ships, and a new third tier of large unmanned vehicles. The Navy has been actively implementing force structure expansion plans, aiming to reach its 355-ship goal by FY 2034 through a mix of service life extensions and new construction. The US Navy’s FY2021 five-year (FY2021-FY2025) shipbuilding plan includes 42 new ships, which is 13 less than the 55 that were included in the FY2020 (FY2020-FY2024) five-year plan. The guided-missile destroyer fleet will welcome DDG-118, Daniel Inouye, while the littoral combat ships Oakland, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Mobile are expected to join the LCS community. Apart from these, the expeditionary mobile base Miguel Keith will be commissioned, and fast-attack submarines Oregon and Montana will also enter the fleet. Scheduled for christening in 2021 are three destroyers, Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, Carl M. Levin, and Jack Lucas. Replenishment oilers John Lewis and Harvey V. Milk will also be christened, as will the fast-attack sub, Rickover. The expeditionary fast transport Apalachicola and the amphibious transport dock Fort Lauderdale will also be christened. Thus, as the United States has been striving to modernize and expand its entire naval fleet to remain competitive against Chinese Naval fleet, new orders will be placed during the forecast period, which will drive the naval vessels market in the North America region to rapidly grow in the coming years.

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Competitive Landscape

The market for naval vessels is slightly fragmented, with the presence of many local players in Europe and Asia-Pacific, which cater to the requirements of naval vessels to the navies. Some of the prominent players in the naval vessels market are General Dynamics Corporation, Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., BAE Systems PLC, The Naval Group, and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. among others. With the growing competition in the industry, innovation becomes a critical factor for the players for standing out in the industry, as many countries are trying to procure next-generation warships that possess advanced capabilities. For instance, in February 2020, the US Navy announced plans regarding the development of a next-generation large surface combatant that incorporates platform flexibility and growth capabilities to meet projected future fleet system requirements. The US Navy is going to spend USD 145 million on this contract. Such contracts will provide opportunities for players to strengthen their presence in the market. Players are also partnering to develop advanced naval vessels. For instance, Germany’s new F125 Baden-Württemberg-class series of frigates are designed and constructed by a joint-venture of ThyssenKrupp AG and Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG. Such partnerships are expected to help the growth of the players during the forecast period.

Recent Developments

  • In December 2020, the Taiwanese Navy inducted the first domestically built Tuo Chiang-class guided-missile corvette. The Tuo Chiang-class corvettes are equipped with Sea Sword II anti-aircraft missiles, eight subsonic Hsiung Feng II (HF-2) anti-ship missiles, eight supersonic Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) medium-range missiles, one Phalanx CIWS, two 12.7 mm Browning M2HB machine guns, and two Mark 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes.
  • In December 2020, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced its intention to build two new destroyers equipped with Aegis missile interceptors as an alternative to a scrapped plan to deploy a land-based system capable of countering the threat of missiles from North Korea.
  • In May 2020, South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched the fourth of the eight Daegu (FFX-II) Class guided-missile frigates on order for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    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 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Vessel Type

      1. 5.1.1 Destroyers

      2. 5.1.2 Frigates

      3. 5.1.3 Submarines

      4. 5.1.4 Corvettes

      5. 5.1.5 Aircraft Carriers

      6. 5.1.6 Other Vessel Types

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. Unites States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 General Dynamics Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 ThyssenKrupp AG

      3. 6.2.3 BAE Systems PLC

      4. 6.2.4 The Naval Group

      5. 6.2.5 Abu Dhabi Ship Building Co.

      6. 6.2.6 Damen Shipyards Group

      7. 6.2.7 Lurssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG

      8. 6.2.8 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 United Shipbuilding Corporation

      10. 6.2.10 Kalashnikov Group

      11. 6.2.11 Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

      12. 6.2.12 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      13. 6.2.13 Austal Limited


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Naval Vessels Market market is studied from 2017 - 2030.

The Naval Vessels Market is growing at a CAGR of 13.5% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

General Dynamics Corporation, BAE Systems plc, The Naval Group, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. are the major companies operating in Naval Vessels Market.

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