Global Non-Lethal Weapon Market 2017-2021

January 02, 2017
This market research report identifies suppliers like AARDVARK, BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, and Lamperd Less Lethal to be the key vendors in the global non-lethal weapon market. The report also presents a detailed segmentation of the global market by end-user (law enforcement and defense) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the global non-lethal weapon market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global non-lethal weapon market to grow steadily at a CAGR of around 6% by 2021. One of the primary drivers for this market is the rise in the emphasis on adoption of non-lethal weapons. Non-lethal weapon systems are mostly used in operations for controlling civilians, maintaining peace and order within urban regions, and conducting humanitarian missions in the third-world countries. These weapons temporarily harm the person and are often used in combat situations where lethal force cannot be applied. Such weapons are also capable of switching to lethal modes if required. This added functionality makes these weapons a favourable choice for the authorities. Moreover, advantages like multiple target attack capability and high accuracy are other the key factors driving investments in this market.

One of the latest trends gaining traction in this market is the adoption of vehicle-mounted non-lethal weapons. The US military force has been using a self-defense smoke obscurant system that is externally mounted on high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWVs), known as light vehicle obscuration smoke system (LVOSS). In August 2015, a US-based tactical vehicle manufacturer, Oshkosh Defense, secured the first production contract for the manufacture and supply of JLTVs. It is expected that the JLTVs will also have similar characteristics as that of the HMMWVs with mounted LVOSS so that they have expanded operational capabilities and can be used to cover various missions.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

At present, the primary users for military non-lethal weapons are shifting their focus from quantity to quality of impact. Quality impact coupled with cost effectiveness pose a major challenge for the vendors in the non-lethal weapons market. To counter this, vendors are adopting multi-directional raw material supply networks to avoid cost overrun and a shortage of raw materials. The growth of the market vendors is dependent on the market conditions, government support, and industry development. To survive in this intensely competitive environment, it is crucial for the vendors to provide cost-effective and high-quality non-lethal weapons.    

Leading vendors in the market are –

  • BAE Systems
  • General Dynamics
  • Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
  • Lamperd Less Lethal

The other prominent vendors in the non-lethal weapon market include Brügger & Thomet, Condor Non-Lethal Technologies, Metal Storm, NonLethal Technologies, Raytheon, Safariland, and TASER International.

Segmentation by end user and analysis of the non-lethal weapon market

  • Law enforcement
  • Defense

During 2016, the law enforcement agencies dominated the non-lethal weapon market and accounted for a major part of the overall market share. Agencies largely use non-lethal weapons to control crowds, riots, and violent protests. Growing number of riots accompanied by large crowds of people, have necessitated the police and the homeland security to possess less-lethal weapons, which can be used to control civilian violence. Also, the use of stones, petrol bombs, and sharp objects against law enforcement personnel has emerged as a very common and condemnable practice in various countries across the globe. This has increased the need for counter-response to such aggressive agitations, using non-lethal weapons. With increasing riots and civilian violence cases, the use of non-lethal weapons is expected to increase during the forecast period.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the non-lethal weapon market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

In this market study, analysts have estimated the Americas to dominate the non-lethal weapon market during the forecast period. The key factor for this dominance in this market is the low denial rate for obtaining weapons license in the US. Due to this, the ratio of civilians owning weapons is significantly high. As a result of this imbalance, the county is witnessing a considerably high crime rate. To control such violent crimes in the country the government is depending on the use of non-lethal weapons. With increasing crime rate and the growing number of weapons in the country the Americas are expected to dominate the non-lethal weapon market over the next four years.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global non-lethal weapon market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global non-lethal weapon market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global non-lethal weapon market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global non-lethal weapon market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global non-lethal weapon market?

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