Non-lethal weapons, also called as less lethal weapons, less-than-lethal weapons, non-deadly weapons, or pain-inducing weapons, are specially designed for incapacitating targets or depriving an individual or a vehicle of power while reducing the injury or damage to property and other surroundings. With the growing political and civil unrest across the regions and increasing defense expenditure, the market for non-lethal weapons has become highly dynamic and poses huge growth potential over the coming years.
Driving & Inhibiting Factors
The global market for non-lethal weapons is growing at a considerable rate, mainly due to the following factors:
- Increasing political disputes and civil unrest
- Militarization of law enforcement agencies
- Increasing procurement from law enforcement agencies
Moreover, increased research & development for developing advanced non-lethal weapons and rising defense expenditures in emerging economies is likely to create ample opportunities for the growth of this market. However, strict government rules and regulations and declining defense budgets of advanced economies are likely to hinder the market growth. Moreover, trafficking and indiscriminate use of non-lethal weapons and an apprehensive approach of end-users in adopting non-lethal weapons stand as major challenges for the market players.
The size of the worldwide non-lethal weapons market which was projected to be USD 5.65 Billion in 2015 is expected to reach USD 8.37 Billion by the end of 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.2% during the forecast period of 2015 to 2020. Among regions, North America dominated the market in 2015, owing to the technological advancements and growing incidences of terrorism and civil unrest. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR, followed by the Middle East, mainly because of the increased focus of the countries such as India, China, Australia, South Korea, and others on production of non-lethal weapons for military and law enforcement applications.
Based on end-user, the law enforcement segment is expected to govern the market. The increasing demand for non-lethal weapons has led the market to grow at a higher CAGR, owing to high investments from the leading market players for the development of non-lethal weapons in various applications. On the basis of product type, the directed energy weapons segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period, owing to the advancements in laser technologies and microwave-based weapons.
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The analysis and predictions for the global market for non-lethal weapon market has been done on the basis of following segmentation:
- End-User: Law Enforcement, Military
- Product Type: Direct Contact Weapons, Directed Energy Weapons
- Technology: Electromagnetic, Mechanical & Kinetic, Chemical, Others
- Geography: North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa
The leading players in the global market for non-lethal weapons include Taser International Manufacturing Company (U.S.), Combined Systems Inc. (U.S.), The Safariland Group (U.S.), and Condor Non-lethal Technologies (Brazil) among others.