Non-lethal weapons market worth $1.1 billion by 2018 – report

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The global market for non-lethal weapons will be worth $1 146.2 million by 2018, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.42%, according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets.

The report notes that non-lethal weapons are specially designed and employed to incapacitate an individual or a vehicle while reducing injury to personnel and damage to property and the surrounding environment. Non-lethal weapons thus offer a wide range of capabilities for the conduct of war and in the support of homeland defence.
“The peace keeping operations of the 1990s had previously triggered interest in spending on non-lethal weapons. The protest triggered by economic crisis, political dis-sentient and unrest across the world are the major drivers for non-lethal weapons. Moreover, changes in the global security situation have emphasized the need for non-lethal weapons which would act as an option between shout and shoot, that is, between verbal warning or psychological operation and using lethal force,” the report said.

The United States is the most attractive market for non-lethal weapons. It is a matured market with most of the market leaders situated in this region. The United States non-lethal weapons market is estimated to be worth $183.0 million in 2013 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.05% to reach $234.2 million by 2018.

The lessons learned from recent wars in Afghanistan and the prevailing unrest across the globe has led to an increase in demand for new and effective non-lethal capabilities which in turn has been reflected in the need for increase in R&D. Since there seems to be a rapid interest in non-lethal weapons across the globe, many countries lack clarity in terms of requirement and training, and the doctrine needed for the armed services to induct such non-lethal capability, which is expected to act as a restraint to the market, the report said.

Anti-vehicle, blunt impact, direct energy, crowd disperse rounds and other electrical non-lethal weapons are currently being manufactured by this industry. Apart from the existing non-lethal weapons technology, a number of new capabilities are being developed, mainly by the U.S.

The global non-lethal weapons market is estimated to be $880.5 million in 2013 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.42% to reach $1,146.2 million by 2018.

Major Players are BAE Systems, Boeing Company, Brugger & Thomet Ag, Condor Non-Lethal Technologies, Drs Technologies, Inc., Fiocchi, General Dynamics Corporation, Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc., Metal Storm Ltd and Moog.