There are various classes of ships available with navy such as support ships, aircraft carriers, destroyers, littoral warships, amphibious warships, and submarines. As name suggest support ships is intended to support other ships in variety of operations such as in a combat. It is very important class of ship and without the support ships, none of the ships classes will be as effective.
Globally, the support ship market has been witnessing a relatively high growth, which has been primarily attributed to support other classes of ships in its operation. Many countries are planning to develop the fleet of support ships to provide the support and protection to their sea shores.
The global support ships is also 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 capacity to carry troops and weaponry is one of the major driver of support ships. The support ships has high payload capacity.
Propulsion system is one of the major challenge of support ships. Based on its operation, support ships need to approximately match the speed of other vessels such as an aircraft carrier or destroyer. In the mission critical application, the propulsion system plays a huge role in supporting the other combatant ships.
The report comprises of companies operating in the global support ships 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 support ship market is mainly divided with the help of its technology capabilities to perform certain focused operation and it 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 current industry trend is to develop the support ships with larger capacity than the previous one. Countries has shifted from building one or two support ships at a time to a more serial mission related production process, which is boosting their numbers more quickly.
- Insight 1: Expected construction of follow-on amphibious assault ship that is not only larger, but incorporates a full flight deck for helicopters.
- Insight 2: China bought 6 “Zubr” hovercraft from Russia in 2010. The Zubr Class is the world’s largest hovercraft, displacing 555 tonnes. It has over twice the tonnage carrying capacity of the US Navy’s LCACs (150 tons to 70 tons); the ability to carry a number of weapons including 140mm rocket pods, 30mm cannon, or air defense missiles; and a cruising range of around 300 nautical miles. It is believed china purchased the hovercraft to create their own knock-offs
- Insight 3: Countries are building support ships for offensive purposes. China is expected to build a destroyer sized support ships for offense. The construction is expected to be underway.
The quantitative and qualitative data collected for the support ships 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 support ship. 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 countries 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.