Global Directed Energy Weapons Market to Reach US$ 29.5 Billion by 2032, Fueled by Rising Incidences of Cross-Border Conflicts

June 05, 2023 | Aerospace and Defense

According to the latest report by IMARC Group, titled “­­Directed Energy Weapons Market Report by Type (Lethal, Non-Lethal), Application (Homeland Security, Defense), Technology (High Energy Laser, High Power Microwave, Particle Beam), End Use (Ship Based, Land Vehicles, Airborne, Gun Shot), and Region 2024-2032,” the global directed energy weapons market size reached US$ 7.4 Billion in 2023. Directed energy weapons (DEWs) are advanced weapon systems that use directed energy, such as lasers or high-powered microwaves, to deliver precise and focused energy onto a target at the speed of light. The advantages of DEWs include their precision, speed, and potential cost-effectiveness. They offer the ability to engage targets over long distances with high accuracy, minimizing collateral damage and reducing the risk to friendly forces. They can also provide rapid engagement capabilities, enabling quick response times against threats. DEWs can be categorized into different types based on the form of directed energy used, such as chemical, free electron or solid-state laser, high-powered microwave (HPM), and particle beam. They can be used for various purposes, including anti-aircraft defense, anti-missile systems, communication systems, radar, and disabling enemy vehicles or electronics.

Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Trends:

The rising incidences of geographical conflicts and terrorist attacks across the globe are urging various governments to allocate larger defense budgets and implement effective counter-terrorism measures, leading to a rise in the adoption of advanced military devices. This, in turn, is primarily driving the directed energy weapons market growth. Concurrent with this, the expanding concerns about national security and the growing need to protect civilians from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies are contributing to the market growth. Moreover, the escalating threats from hypersonic weapons, particularly missiles, in various regions are propelling the demand for DEWs to effectively intercept and destroy missiles during their trajectory, thus creating a positive outlook for the market. In addition to this, the increasing demand for laser-based weapons in naval operations and the development of high-energy laser (HEL) power systems for intercepting cruise missiles are presenting remunerative growth opportunities for the market. Furthermore, key players in the industry are investing in the integration of DEWs with military drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to enable long-range precision targeting and remote operation, which is acting as a significant growth-inducing factor. Looking forward, the market value is projected to reach US$ 29.5 Billion by 2032, expanding at a CAGR of 16.4% during 2024-2032.

Market Summary:

  • On the basis of the type, the market has been divided into lethal and non-lethal. Currently, lethal weapons dominate the market, holding the largest share.
  • Based on the application, the market is bifurcated into homeland security and defense.
  • On the basis of technology, the market has been segregated into high energy laser (chemical laser, fiber laser, free electron laser, and solid -state laser), high power microwave, and particle beam. At present, high energy laser accounts for the majority of the global share.
  • Based on the end use, the market is categorized into ship based, land vehicles, airborne, and gun shot. Among these, land vehicles represent the biggest market segment.
  • On a regional basis, the market has been segmented into North America (the United States and Canada), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others), Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and others), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others), and Middle East and Africa. Presently, North America enjoys the leading position in the market.
  • The competitive landscape of the market has also been examined, with some of the key players being Applied Companies, BAE Systems Plc, L3harris Technologies Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Moog Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Qinetiq Group PLC, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Rheinmetall Aktiengesellschaft, Textron Inc. and The Boeing Company.

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Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Segment Coverage Type, Application, Technology, End Use, Region
Region Covered  Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Applied Companies, BAE Systems Plc, L3harris Technologies Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Moog Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, Qinetiq Group PLC, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Rheinmetall Aktiengesellschaft, Textron Inc. and The Boeing Company
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