Economic and geopolitical changes have given rise to technological developments in naval shipbuilding to support stealth capability, enemy detection, and precision strike weapon systems. In addition, two technology drivers are transforming warship architecture: propulsion and powering (especially all-electric drive systems), and digitalization, which includes big data, communications, sensors and robotics. In fact, unmanned drones may soon result in the emergence of a new class of warship.

These recent trends, and technical drivers are highly cable dependent, since cables provide the vital energy, sinew and nerve systems essential to successful naval operations.