Towed Array Sonar Market Size & Share, by Type (Active, Passive, Dual); Acoustic Frequency (Infrasonic Sonar, Ultrasonic Sonar); Component (Hydrophone, Cables); End-user (Marine, Oil & Gas, Commercial, Defence) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2035

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  • Published Date: Sep 04, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 - 2035

Towed Array Sonar Market size is poised to surpass USD 4 Billion by the end of 2035, growing at a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. In the year 2022, the industry size of towed array sonar was over USD 2 Billion. The growth of the market can be accredited to the growing demand for naval systems and submarines globally. In detecting and tracking soft sound, such as the low noise emissions from submarine threats or Seismic signals, towed array sonar is an efficient tool.

In detecting and tracking faint sounds, such as low noise emitting submarine threats or seismic signals, towed array sonar is effective. This applies to the baffles, which are a blind spot for hull-mounted sonar.

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Towed Array Sonar Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Augmentation in Maritime Border Security – There’s an increase in the demand for towed array sonar systems because of the growing developments associated with the protection operations and advancements in anti-submarine technologies amongst others. Additionally, the major players are making significant investments in research and development projects focused on underwater monitoring.
  • Increasing Usage of Towed Array Sonar in Fishing and Oil & Gas Industry- The demand for towed arrays for seismic streamers for the offshore oil industry and fish detection by acoustic methods. Moreover, the amount of fish delivered around the world is also propelling the market growth at a higher rate. With over 35% of the world's fish and seafood production in 2020, the People's Republic of China will be the leading producer of aquatic products. A historical growth, owing to high demand for supply resulting in the enlargement of fishing and aquaculture with significant production, consumption, and trade, took place in 2018.
  • Increasing Investment in Research and Development – But at night, when traditional optical cameras can't record the image, humans find it difficult to monitor them. However, when conventional optical cameras cannot capture images at night, it is harder for the human eye to watch. Market growth is expected to be stimulated by the growing development of a technologically advanced underwater optical camera, capable of capturing sonar images. For example, a detailed image of the aquatic environment, regardless of water visibility, has been developed by the SCAN650 sector scanning sonar.


  • Negative Impact of Sonar Technology on Marine Ecosystem – There are many factors affecting the marine life such as seismic noise or the usage of sonar technology for underwater warfare and energy exploration. These factors result in injury and death of the marine animals. This factor is expected to become a barrier for the towed array sonar market.
  • Highly Costed
  • Maintenance Complexities

Towed Array Sonar Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 4.3%

Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 2 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 4 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
    • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Towed Array Sonar Segmentation

Type (Active, Passive, Dual Towed Array Sonar)

Passive towed array sonar is expected to garner the highest revenue in the forecast period. Also, the market is growing at the highest CAGR of 5% throughout the forecast period. The demand for passive towed arrays is increasing owing to their salient features such as prohibiting the emission of their own signal. Also, with the existence of a ping system, the enemies can easily detect the vessels.

Component (Hydrophone, Cables)

The hydrophone segment in the towed array sonar market is estimated to hold a share of 80% by 2035. This sonar device consists of a system of hydrophones, which are tugged far beyond the submarine through cables. Such hydrophones are often kilometers from each other, thus enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio significantly. In order to detect and track faint sounds, e.g. lower noise emitting submarine threats or seismic signals, the towing array sonar shall be able to operate effectively. The salient features provided by the towed array sonar are driving the growth of the market in the military and defense industries. 

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:


  • Active
  • Passive
  • Dual Towed Array Sonar


  • Hydrophone
  • Cables

       Acoustic Frequency

  • Infrasonic
  • Ultrasonic


  • Marine
  • Oil & Gas

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Towed Array Sonar Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The North American towed array sonar market is expected to hold the largest market share of 40.2% in the forecast period. In addition to this, the market held the highest market share in 2019, with an overall revenue of USD 160 Million in the same year. The growth can be accredited to the growing demand for towed array sonar in the region for advancements in defense.

Moreover, increasing concentration on developing strong anti-submarine warfare capability and fleet extension initiatives are also escalating the market growth. Additionally, the US government is spending more on the research and development of these devices. The United States is expected to have the largest market for underwater surveillance systems and to be involved in a large number of exports and imports of towed sonar arrays. These factors are bolstering the market growth of towed array sonar in the region.

APAC Market to Statistics

Asia Pacific is expected to showcase significant growth in the market owing to the increased investment in the naval sector and a growth in domestic ship manufacturing in South Korea and India. The region to hold a share of 36.4% by 2035. Market growth is being driven by the increasing shipments of commercial vessels in Japan, which are integrating automation into ship systems manufactured by a number of shipbuilding companies in South Korea.

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Companies Dominating the Towed Array Sonar Landscape

      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Coda Octopus Products Ltd.
    • L3Harris Technologies Inc.
    • Neptune Sonar
    • Thales Group.


In The News

  • L3Harris Technologies Inc. received a multi-million-dollar contract to deliver two low-frequency active towed sonar systems to a NATO member that will be utilized on marine vessels for detecting, tracing, and engaging all kinds of submarines.
  • To support the newest United Kingdom MoD and BAe Maritime Platform, Neptune's new modularized communications array is a custom design.

Author Credits:  Ipsheeta Dash, Sadaf Naaz

  • Report ID: 2854
  • Published Date: Sep 04, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Augmentation in Maritime Border Security, Increasing Usage of Towed Array Sonar in Fishing and Oil & Gas Industry and Increasing Investment in Research and Development

The market size of Towed Array Sonar is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 4.3% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

The major players in the market are NORBIT ASA, Coda Octopus Products Ltd., L3Harris Technologies Inc., Neptune Sonar, Thales Group., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Radio Co., Ltd, NEC Corporation, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Japan Marina Co. Ltd and others.

The hydrophone segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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