There are various classes of ships available with navy such as littoral warships, aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious warships, support craft and submarines. A littoral warship is highly maneuverable small surface vessel. A littoral warship is intended to operate near shores and it is comprised of propulsion system, radar system, sonar system and weapons system.
Globally, the littoral warship market has been witnessing a relatively steady growth, which has been primarily attributed to force projection over the sea. Many countries are planning to develop the littoral warship to project their sea shores. US is the leading player in littoral warship market. Whereas China is the emerging player and is soon expected to pick up the growth.
The global navy ship building is driven by the factors such as national security, territorial integrity and sovereign state. National security is a concept that a government, along with its parliament(s), should protect the state and its citizens against all kind of "national" crises through a variety of power projections, such as political power, diplomacy, economic power, military might, and so on. Whereas Territorial integrity is the principle under international law that nation-states should not attempt to promote secessionist movements or to promote border changes in other nation-states. Conversely it states that imposition by force of a border change is an act of aggression.
The littoral warship sea frame is one of the major driver because of its ability to move ahead of the other ships and secure lanes of transit by deploying off board sensors. This characteristic further helps the navy in anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.
Design and construction is one of the major challenges for procuring littoral warships. Navies across different countries are planning to build the sea frames of littoral warship based on the mission specific. This further increases the cost and schedule for procuring the littoral warships.
The report comprises of companies operating in the global littoral warship market such as Thales, Fincantieri, BAE System, DCNS, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Navantia, Wincaton, Finmeccanica, Northrop Grumman Corporation, General Atomics, Babcock, United Shipbuilding, Cochin Shipyard and others. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.
Scope of the Report:
The littoral warship market is mainly divided as per the technology and has been segmented as follows:
Based on Technology Type:
- Propulsion System
- Catapult System
- Fixed Wing Aircraft
- Command and Control System
- Missile Launching System
- Radar System
- Radar Absorbent Material
Based on Region:
- Rest of the World
Recent Industry Trends:
The primary intended mission of Littoral warships are mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, and against small boats participate in surface warfare. Countries are shifting their focus from multi mission ships to focused mission such as Littoral warship. US is continuously procuring Littoral warship at the rate of one to two every year.
Insight 1: Augmenting the PLA Navy’s littoral warfare capabilities, especially in the South China Sea and East China Sea, is a new class of small combatant. More than 20 JIANGDAO-class corvettes (FFL) (Type 056) are in service and an additional 11 were launched in 2014.
Insight 2: The new Type 056 corvette (also called a “light frigate”) has not been equipped with the standard Chinese rocket and depth-charge launchers but instead possesses two three-unit mount torpedo launch tubes for more accurate and long-range antisubmarine capabilities.
Insight 3: US navy completed prototype Reverse Osmosis (RO) system to provide increased drinking water capacity for Littoral Combat Ships
Insight 4: The RO system can significantly increase drinking water production capacity, effectively remove elevated levels of particles common in littoral waters. In addition, overall energy and maintenance is reduced, as well as allowing operations in littoral zones.
The quantitative and qualitative data collected for the littoral warship report is from a combination of secondary and primary sources. Research interviews were conducted with senior executives and/or mangers in the destroyer Industry. These Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) were then provided a questionnaire to gather quantitative and qualitative inputs on their operations, performance, strategies and views on the overall market, including key developments and technology trends. Data from interviews is consolidated, checked for consistency and accuracy, and the final market numbers are again validated by experts. The global market was split by product types and geography based on different factors like primary and secondary sources, understanding of the number of companies operating in each segment and also KOL insights.
To understand the trend in research and development of navy ship segments, and their priorities, IndustryARC undertook exploratory patent analysis to lay an initial foundation for future research on development and use of littoral warship. The exploratory analysis focused on identifying development related to technology of ships based systems, with an emphasis on certain technology parameters which intended to understand the roles that various countries sees for naval systems. In addition analyzing trends in development of ships system and exploring how China could deploy these systems; and identifying areas for further research and potential future developments. IndustryARC has analyzed patents in several different parameters in navy ships segment technologies. The patent analysis has also helped us to deduce and map the futuristic technologies in most efficient way. The technology roadmap is developed using bottom-up approach. The technology roadmap is categorized in three parts i.e. short term (less than 10 years), medium term (from 10 to 20 years) and long term from (more than 20 years).
Key Secondary resources include Department of Defense websites from various countries and private companies’ website covered in this report.