* Hull-mounted sensors are set to be the fastest growing portion of the overall global sonar market, which is projected to increase over the next 10 years, according to a new report.
"Hull-mounted sonar is the main underwater sensor of naval platforms, which detects submarines, unmanned underwater vehicles, diver delivery vehicles and mines with accurate localization," said Nurettin Sevi, defense analyst at Global Data.
"Other sonars are complementary of hull-mounted sonar for platform survivability," he added.
Last year, the global naval sonar market was valued at $2.2 billion and is estimated to grow to $2.9 billion over the next decade, according to a report from the analytics company. Hull-mounted sonar is expected to account for 51 percent of the revenue share of the total market by 2029.
Sonars are essential subsystems installed on naval watercraft and are responsible for performing underwater surveillance, target tracking and identification, seabed mapping and navigation, Sevi said in an email.
Underwater threats are becoming more difficult to detect due to advancements in stealth technologies, he noted. In order to combat this, navies require advanced sonar capabilities and diverse sensors such as hull-mounted sonar, towed array sonar, dipping sonar, sonobuoys and diver detection sonar.
Sonobuoys use a transducer and a radio transmitter to record and convey underwater sounds...