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Self-Guided Torpedo Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Product, Type and Application : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030

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Author's: Himanshu Joshi | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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Self-Guided Torpedo Market Statistics 2021–2030:

The global self-guided torpedo market was valued at $1,256.7 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $2,188.7 million in 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.0%.  

Torpedo is the most preferred lethal underwater weapons for naval platforms such as submarines, surface vessels, aircraft, and helicopters. A modern torpedo contains intricate devices to control its depth and direction according to a pre-set plan or in response to signals received from an outside source, as well as a device that detonates the explosive-filled warhead when it strikes its target or comes close to it.


The global self-guided torpedo market is segmented into product, type, application, and region. On the basis of product, the market divided into acoustic homing torpedo and wake homing torpedo. Depending on type, it is bifurcated into heavyweight torpedo and lightweight torpedo. By application, it is segregated into naval vessel-launched torpedo and aerial platform-launched torpedo. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

The key players operating in the global self-guided torpedo market include ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, BAE Systems plc, Honeywell International Inc., Leonardo S.p.A., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Naval Group, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and Saab AB.

Rise in number of territorial conflicts throughout the world

Six countries lay overlapping rights to the South and East China Seas, which are abundant in natural gas and hydrocarbons, and via which trillions of dollars of international trade flow is carried out annually. As China enlarges its naval dominance and constructs military bases on man-made islands, it has experienced increasing resistance from other regional claimants such as Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Modern torpedoes are one of the most complex naval technologies to develop, and China is one of the countries that can independently develop and produce torpedoes. The Chinese Navy has a fair quantity of torpedoes to defend and attack enemy vessels. Vietnam is gradually strengthening its military against increasingly aggressive China. In August 2021, in continuance with the ongoing deployment of the Indian Navy ships in the South China Sea, INS Ranvijay and INS Kora undertook bilateral maritime exercise with Vietnam People’s Navy frigate VPNS Ly Thai To (HQ-012). The bilateral interaction aims to consolidate the strong bond shared by the two navies and would be another step toward strengthening India–Vietnam defense relations.

Frequent standoffs range from the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands on China’s eastern edge to the long stretch of archipelagos in the South China Sea that encompass hundreds of islands. In addition, U.S. has built up its military activities and maritime presence in the seas, indicating the country’s raised role in the clashes, which, if not handled properly, might turn part of Asia’s naval regions from flourishing trade channels into grounds of continuous conflicts. Thus, rise in conflicts across different parts of the world to gain dominance in commercial or defense arenas is expected to drive the growth of the global self-guided torpedo market during the forecast timeframe. 

Self-Guided Torpedo Market
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Wake Homing Torpedo is projected as the most lucrative segments

Increase in naval modernization programs

As maritime security is one of the most critical defense units, naval modernization initiatives can be witnessed throughout the world. China’s naval modernization program includes a wide range of ships, airplanes, and wire-guided, and wake-homing torpedoes, in addition to enhancements in upkeep & logistics, personnel education, and training. China’s navy modernization initiatives are aimed at increasing competencies for handling any unfortunate set of events or for achieving a greater degree of control over China’s near-seas region, protecting China’s commercial sea lines of communication (SLOCs), principally those connecting China to the Persian Gulf; for challenging the U.S.’s impact in the Western Pacific; and for asserting China’s position as a major world power.

In June 2021, the U.S. Navy publicized a long-duration Navy ship-building document that presents the U.S. Government’s evolving replacement to the 355-ship force-level objective. The Navy’s planned 2022 financial year budget seeks the purchase of eight new vessels, including two Virginia-class attack submarines (SSNs); one Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class destroyer; one Constellation (FFG-62) class frigate; one John Lewis (TAO-205) class oiler; two TATS towing, salvage, and rescue ships; and one TAGOS(X) ocean surveillance ship. As the Asia-Pacific waters are becoming increasingly unstable geopolitically, Singapore is focusing more on strengthening its naval capabilities to protect its interests in the regional waters. With the aim of withstanding any potential attack by a larger regional navy, Singapore is acquiring new naval assets, including submarines that can carry a significant number of torpedoes. In June 2021, The Indian Ministry of Defense cleared a mega submarine project worth billions of dollars to build six stealth submarines under Project-75 India for the Indian Navy to tackle the increased presence of Chinese vessels in the Indian Ocean.

Thus, rise in modernization programs in one of the largest navies in the world is expected to notably contribute toward the growth of the global self-guided torpedo market.

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Lightweight Torpedo is projected as the most lucrative segments

Rise in incorporation of anti-torpedo defense systems in combat vessels

Naval forces worldwide are pushing the induction of anti-torpedo defense systems to ensure the safety of combat submarines. In February 2021, an Israeli defense technology company, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) announced a partnership for joint induction of an anti-torpedo defense system called SHADE for the Indian Navy. According to the statement by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, SHADE will be the first system in the world to employ a combination of soft kill and hard kill decoys, thereby providing a robust and effective defense against modern torpedoes. In October 2020, a shipment of acoustic torpedo countermeasure jammers and decoys meant for the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL’s) Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarines arrived in Indonesia. Other navies such as Australia and the U.S. Navy are soon expected to induct torpedo countermeasures for submarine defense. For instance, in July 2019, Naval Group, Europe's leading naval shipbuilder, submitted a proposal to partner with Australian businesses and industry to locally produce the latest generation torpedo countermeasure technology, CANTO. In January 2019, Leidos was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command to develop torpedo countermeasure technologies for submarine defense, the U.S. company said on January 10, 2019. Thus, rise in induction of anti-torpedo or torpedo countermeasure systems in submarines is expected to safeguard the defense vessels against torpedo attacks, which is expected to limit the growth of the global self-guided torpedo market.

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Aerial Platform Launched Torpedo is projected as the most lucrative segments

Surge in demand from aircraft to carry lightweight torpedo in large quantity for warships

Lightweight torpedoes are self-propelled, underwater projectiles that can be launched from ships and aircraft and are designed to detonate on contact or in close proximity to a target. Lightweight torpedo is the most cost- and operationally effective anti-submarine warfare weapon in all situations. Such benefits boost the demand for torpedoes by naval forces globally. For instance, the U.S. Navy (USN) is getting ready for testing for its lightweight torpedo (LWT) and very lightweight torpedo (VLWT) programs. The navy intends to complete the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for MK 54 Mod 1LWT and High-altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Weapon Capability (HAAWC) in fiscal year (FY) 2021, the Pentagon Director, Operational Test, and Evaluation (DOT&E) mentioned in its annual report released in January 2021. The DOT&E reported that the MK 54 lightweight torpedo is the most capable ASW weapon used by the U.S. surface ships, fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters.

The indigenously instrumented Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL), developed by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), successfully cleared its maiden flight trial with a parachute system from the Indian Navy’s Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft in March 2021. The lightweight torpedo was designed, developed, produced, and inducted into services a decade ago, and is used against underwater platforms as part of anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

Such developments are expected to fuel the growth of the global self-guided torpedo market during the forecast timeframe.

Self-Guided Torpedo Market
By Region
North America

North America would exhibit the highest CAGR of 7.4% during 2021-2030.

COVID-19 impact analysis

  • The COVID-19 impact on the self-guided torpedo market is unpredictable, and is expected to remain in force till the fourth quarter of 2021.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak forced governments across the globe to implement strict lockdowns and banned import–export of nonessential items for most of 2020. This led to sudden fall in availability of important raw materials.
  • Moreover, nationwide lockdowns forced manufacturing facilities to partially or completely shut their operations.
  • Adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in delays in activities and initiatives regarding development of reliable and innovative self-guided torpedoes globally.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study presents analytical depiction of the global self-guided torpedo market analysis along with the current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall self-guided torpedo market opportunity is determined by understanding profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold.
  • The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the global self-guided torpedo market with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current self-guided torpedo market is quantitatively analyzed from 2020 to 2030 to benchmark the financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.

Key Market Segments

By Product

  • Acoustic Homing Torpedo
  • Wake Homing Torpedo

By Type

  • Heavyweight Torpedo
  • Lightweight Torpedo

By Application

  • Naval Vessel-launched Torpedo
  • Aerial Platform-launched Torpedo 

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
    • Middle East
    • Africa


  • BAE Systems plc
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Leonardo S.p.A.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Naval Group
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • Saab AB

Self-Guided Torpedo Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
  • Acoustic homing torpedo
  • Wake homing torpedo
  • Heavyweight torpedo
  • Lightweight torpedo
  • Naval vessel-launched torpedo
  • Aerial platform-launched torpedo
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Argentina, Rest of LAMEA)
Key Market Players


Analyst Review

The global self-guided torpedo market is expected to witness significant growth due to the rising number of disputes and conflicts among different nations globally and continuously rising naval modernization programs throughout the globe.

Rise in number of territorial conflicts throughout the world and naval modernization programs are expected to drive self-guided torpedo market during the forecast period. However, rise in incorporation of anti-torpedo defense systems in combat vessels is anticipated to hamper the growth of the market. Moreover, growing demand from aircraft to carry light weight torpedo in large quantity for a warship and rise in defense expenditure globally are expected to offer lucrative opportunities in future.

In order to gain a fair share of the market, major players adopted different strategies, for instance, contract and product development. Among these, contract is the leading strategy used by prominent players such as BAE Systems PLC, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Raytheon Technologies Corporation. Aforementioned companies signed contracts with the defense forces of different nations seeking to enhance the defense capabilities and provide safety against the unprecedented threats.

Author Name(s) : Himanshu Joshi | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global self-guided torpedo market valued at $1,256.65 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $2,188.65 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 6.0% from 2021 to 2030.

The advent of next-generation multi-role heavyweight torpedo to counter threats from all surface and underwater platforms; rise in target hitting distance of modern torpedoes

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On the basis of product, we have classified self-guided torpedoes into acoustic homing torpedo and wake homing torpedo

Between 2021 and 2030, the global self-guided torpedo market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.0%

The company profiles of the top players of the market can be obtained from the company profile section mentioned in the report. This section includes analysis of top ten player’s operating in the industry along with their last three-year revenue, segmental revenue, product offerings, key strategies adopted, and geographical revenue generated

The global self-guided torpedo market is driven by major drivers such as rise in number of territorial conflicts throughout the world and surge in naval modernization programs globally

Self-guided torpedoes have the ability to self-propel towards a target with an explosive warhead designed to ignite in close proximity or impact with the target

U.S., UK, and China are key matured markets growing in the global self-guided torpedo market

Advent of cutting-edge, smart, and stealth self-guided torpedoes; and rise in incorporation of anti-torpedo defense systems in combat vessels

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Self-Guided Torpedo Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030