Sonobuoy is a portable SONAR system (SOund NAvigation and Ranging). When a Sonobuoy is dropped from an aircraft or ship, it aids in detection of submarines and conducting underwater research. Thus, it relies on sound waves to detect/locate objects in a particular region.

Sonobuoy Market – Competitive Landscape

The Sonobuoy market is dominated by leading players that have presence and operations across the world. These players are focusing on acquisitions and new product launches to stay ahead of the competition.

  • In May 2019, Harris Corp showcased its pylon-mounted Sonobuoy dispenser model at the International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference (IMDEX) 2019
  • In October 2018, Thales Group announced that it is working on a new Sonobuoy system called the Sono-Flash that combines both active and passive modes in a single buoy.
  • In 2018, the US Navy awarded US$39.6 Mn to ERAPSCO, an Ultra Electronics Holdings and Sparton Corporation joint venture for Sonobuoy manufacturing for the US Navy.

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Sparton Corporation

Founded in 1919, Sparton Corporation develops and manufactures Sonobuoy. Apart from that, the company is also involved in design and manufacture of variety of electronic and electromechanical products and assemblies.

Thales Group

Established in 1921, Thales S.A. provides solutions for customers in the space, defense, aeronautics, security, and ground transportation markets worldwide. In 2018, the company launched advanced multistatic SONAR disclosed the development of a new combined active/passive sonobuoy intended to meet the French Navy's anti-submarine warfare (ASW) needs.

Ultra Electronics Group

Founded in 1993, the company is an electrical and electronics engineering company that offers various products and solutions in the aerospace and defense, energy, transport, and security markets. The company provides Sonobuoys of various types and sizes including miniature Sonobuoys designed for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Radixon Group

Established in 2000, Radixon Group is headquartered in Australia and manufactures satellite and broadcast network equipment worldwide. The company offers Sonobuoy receivers appropriate for airborne and seaborne deployment, in both military and civilian applications.

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Sonobuoy Market – Dynamics

Increase in Defense Expenditure on Sonar Systems

According to Defense News, Pentagon wants to buy 204,000 Sonobuoy in its fiscal 2020 budget request i.e. a 50% spending increase over 2018. In March 2019, Donald Trump signed a Presidential Determination that gave the Department the authority to withstand and multiply the domestic production of AN/SSQ series Sonobuoy under the Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III. Furthermore, Britain’s Ministry of Defense has also boosted the spending on cyber and anti-submarine warfare.

Sonobuoy Market – Segmentation

On the basis of deployment, the Sonobuoy market can be divided into:

  • Spring
  • Pneumatic
  • Free-fall
  • Cartridge

On the basis of range, the Sonobuoy market can be classified into:

  • Short Range
  • Long Range

On the basis of function, the Sonobuoy market can be segregated into:

  • Active
  • Passive
  • Special Purpose

On the basis of application, the Sonobuoy market can be segregated into:

  • Commercial
  • Defense

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