Directed Energy Weapons Market Forecasts to 2030 - Global Analysis By Product (Lethal and Non-lethal), Laser System (Free Electron Laser, Solid-state Laser, Fiber Laser, Chemical Laser and Other Laser Systems), Range, Technology, Application, End User and By Geography
Estimated Year Value (2023)
US $6.44 BN
Projected Year Value (2030)
US $25.33 BN
CAGR (2023 - 2030)
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa
US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa
Highest Growing Market
According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Directed Energy Weapons Market is accounted for $6.44 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach $25.33 billion by 2030 growing at a CAGR of 21.6% during the forecast period. A directed-energy weapon (DEW) is a ranging weapon that harms its target with intensely concentrated energy without the use of a physical projectile. They can be employed covertly in areas where radiation is silent and unseen. To track or just focus on the target, they heavily rely on one optical system. The most cutting-edge DEW weapon is thought to be a laser. Additionally, mirrors make it simple to direct these poles toward unseen things at a distance. The high-speed transfer of fatal power, negligible effects of gravity or atmospheric drag, stealth-like performance with noiseless and invisible beams are only a few advantages these weapons have over traditional explosives. Examples of DEWs include lasers, microwaves, particle beams, and sound beams.
According to the news report on the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Advanced Technology Demonstration Program, the Air Force Research Laboratory planned to test the fully developed directed energy weapons system by 2024.
Increasing combat operations
The use of directed energy weapons on military platforms including satellites, aircraft, mobile vehicles, and ships is on the rise. One of the most cutting-edge directed energy technologies is the quick development of high-energy laser weapons and the use of high-energy laser weapons to counter the danger of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Combat operations expanded as terrorist strikes become more frequent. Laser weapons have been researched and developed by several military manufacturers and integrators, and they are becoming more operational. In order to create high-energy laser weapon systems, several major key players are also investigating cutting-edge counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) tactics, which are further boosting the market's expansion.
Strict norms for anti-personnel lasers
DEWs are not currently on the agenda of any global institution, nor are they formally defined under international law. Directed energy weapons would fall under a variety of legal systems. The UN's Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons (1995), appended to the Framework Convention on the Prohibition or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), outlawed the use of blinding weapons. As a result, different DEW systems created for military use in combat have not been placed into service. These factors collectively are impeding the market expansion.
Advancements in DEW technologies
When choosing a directed energy weapon, improved system dependability is essential. It requires the use of advanced technology to acquire and disseminate capabilities across diverse defensive systems, such as combat vehicles. In order to boost detection rates, these directed energy weapons are placed in key areas. All nations currently rely on these directed energy weapons to defend against regional threats and border conflicts as a result of these weapon's ongoing technological developments. The market is expanding due to rising R&D efforts and the vast range of defense industry application prospects.
Incorporating new technology into current systems
Directed energy devices are less effective since it is challenging to integrate current and conventional technologies. New gadgets can have various protocols that make them challenging to adopt. It necessitates time and effort to integrate legacy systems with modern technology, and doing so might divert attention away from an organization's essential operations. This component is impeding the market expansion.
Due to the rigorous lockdowns and social isolation necessary to stop the virus's propagation, the COVID-19 had a detrimental effect on the market for directed energy weapons. The lack of consumer confidence, the partial business closure, and the uncertain economic climate all had an influence on demand for defense systems. During the epidemic, the supply chain was impeded along with logistical operations. However, because of the relaxation of regulations and the rise in demand for non-lethal weapons, the market for directed energy weapons is anticipated to pick up speed in the post-pandemic situation.
The lethal segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period
The lethal segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth. Lethal directed energy weapons emit a concentrated beam of electromagnetic waves at a high frequency, which allows them to penetrate the top layer of skin to induce burning and suffering without emitting ionizing radiation. In a concentrated region and over distances, they have a little longer wavelength. High-powered electromagnetic weapons like millimetre waves and high-energy lasers are among them. They are more corrosive and cost less to run.
The high energy laser segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period
The high energy laser segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period. High-energy lasers emit light pulses with relatively high pulse energy. Photons, or light particles, are used by high-energy laser systems to conduct civil defense and military operations. In order to fight a variety of threats, such as unmanned aerial systems, rockets, artillery, and mortars, this directed energy technology allows for the detection of threats, tracking during movements, and positive visual identification. They have deep magazines and offer light speed. They make sense to deploy against low-cost threats like drones since they also have a very low cost per shot. The development of high-energy laser weapons is being fuelled by the need for surveillance, target identification, and post-conflict damage assessments.
Region with largest share:
North America is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period. One of the world's strongest defensive systems is found in this region. It has several of the most developed and robust economies, and the demand of guns and ammunition is rising rapidly. The government has entered into agreements to develop and use directed energy weapons during the previous few years with companies such as Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Boeing. This region is the site of a lot of these weapon’s research and development. The market expansion in this region is being accelerated by the increased danger of terrorism and significant prospects for the leading players.
Region with highest CAGR:
Asia Pacific is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period. China and India are the leading manufacturers of directed energy weapons in this region. Due to recent fast economic growth, rising security risks, and rising border conflicts, the market for directed energy weapons has seen growing demand. Due to the increasing likelihood of being the target of terrorist attacks, China, Japan, and India have all upped their military spending in recent years. Additionally, the region's increased investment in the modernisation of its military forces is promoting market expansion.
Key players in the market
Some of the key players profiled in the Directed Energy Weapons Market include The Boeing Company, L3Harris Technologies Inc, Lockheed Martin Corporation, QinetiQ Group PLC, Elbit Systems Ltd, Honeywell International Inc, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd, BAE Systems PLC, Rheinmetall AG, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Thales Group, Moog Inc, Textron Inc, Leonardo SPA, Aqwest LLC and Roketsan SA.
In May 2023, Honeywell announced its innovative, new UOP eFining technology, a ready-now solution for producing low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). HIF Global intends to deploy the new technology to produce eSAF at its second US eFuels facility.
In November 2022, Leonardo has proven the tracking capability of its new laser beam director as part of the ongoing UK DragonFire Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) trials. The company has since refurbished the beam director and made some further modifications.
In November 2022, L3Harris Technologies introduced an advanced infrared sensor that will enhance the Javelin Weapon System’s Command Launch Unit, which is broadly used in U.S. and foreign military operations, by helping to reduce the time needed to engage targets.
In December 2021, Thales has launched XTRAIM, a new weapon sight offering day/night decamouflage capabilities that previously could only be achieved by using several separate pieces of equipment. It is compatible with all shoulder-fired assault rifles (HK416) and light machine guns (Minimi), providing users with an unparalleled precision night-firing capability.
Laser Systems Covered:
• Free Electron Laser
• Solid-state Laser
• Fiber Laser
• Chemical Laser
• Other Laser Systems
• Less Than 1 Mile
• More Than 1 Mile
• High Power Microwave
• High Energy Laser
• Particle Beam
• Sonic Weapons
• Electromagnetic Weapons
• High Power Radio Frequency
• Other Technologies
• Homeland Security
End Users Covered:
• Armored Vehicles
• Handheld Systems
• Unmanned Systems
• Aircraft Systems
• Ships & Submarines
• Other End Users
• North America
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific
• South America
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa
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Table of Contents
1 Executive Summary
2.2 Stake Holders
2.3 Research Scope
2.4 Research Methodology
2.4.1 Data Mining
2.4.2 Data Analysis
2.4.3 Data Validation
2.4.4 Research Approach
2.5 Research Sources
2.5.1 Primary Research Sources
2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources
3 Market Trend Analysis
3.6 Product Analysis
3.7 Technology Analysis
3.8 Application Analysis
3.9 End User Analysis
3.10 Emerging Markets
3.11 Impact of Covid-19
4 Porters Five Force Analysis
4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Threat of substitutes
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Competitive rivalry
5 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Product
6 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Laser System
6.2 Free Electron Laser
6.3 Solid-state Laser
6.4 Fiber Laser
6.5 Chemical Laser
6.6 Other Laser Systems
7 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Range
7.2 Less Than 1 Mile
7.3 More Than 1 Mile
8 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Technology
8.2 High Power Microwave
8.3 High Energy Laser
8.4 Particle Beam
8.5 Sonic Weapons
8.6 Electromagnetic Weapons
8.7 High Power Radio Frequency
8.8 Other Technologies
9 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Application
9.3 Homeland Security
10 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By End User
10.2 Armored Vehicles
10.3 Handheld Systems
10.4 Unmanned Systems
10.5 Aircraft Systems
10.6 Ships & Submarines
10.7 Other End Users
11 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Geography
11.2 North America
11.3.6 Rest of Europe
11.4 Asia Pacific
11.4.5 New Zealand
11.4.6 South Korea
11.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific
11.5 South America
11.5.4 Rest of South America
11.6 Middle East & Africa
11.6.1 Saudi Arabia
11.6.4 South Africa
11.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa
12 Key Developments
12.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures
12.2 Acquisitions & Mergers
12.3 New Product Launch
12.5 Other Key Strategies
13 Company Profiling
13.1 The Boeing Company
13.2 L3Harris Technologies Inc.
13.3 Lockheed Martin Corporation
13.4 QinetiQ Group PLC
13.5 Elbit Systems Ltd
13.6 Honeywell International Inc
13.7 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd
13.8 BAE Systems PLC
13.9 Rheinmetall AG
13.10 Northrop Grumman Corporation
13.11 Raytheon Technologies Corporation
13.12 Thales Group
13.13 Moog Inc
13.14 Textron Inc
13.15 Leonardo SPA
13.16 Aqwest LLC
13.17 Roketsan SA
List of Tables
1 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Region (2021-2030) ($MN)
2 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Product (2021-2030) ($MN)
3 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Lethal (2021-2030) ($MN)
4 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Non-lethal (2021-2030) ($MN)
5 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Laser System (2021-2030) ($MN)
6 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Free Electron Laser (2021-2030) ($MN)
7 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Solid-state Laser (2021-2030) ($MN)
8 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Fiber Laser (2021-2030) ($MN)
9 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Chemical Laser (2021-2030) ($MN)
10 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Other Laser Systems (2021-2030) ($MN)
11 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Range (2021-2030) ($MN)
12 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Less Than 1 Mile (2021-2030) ($MN)
13 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By More Than 1 Mile (2021-2030) ($MN)
14 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Technology (2021-2030) ($MN)
15 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By High Power Microwave (2021-2030) ($MN)
16 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By High Energy Laser (2021-2030) ($MN)
17 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Particle Beam (2021-2030) ($MN)
18 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Sonic Weapons (2021-2030) ($MN)
19 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Electromagnetic Weapons (2021-2030) ($MN)
20 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By High Power Radio Frequency (2021-2030) ($MN)
21 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Other Technologies (2021-2030) ($MN)
22 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Application (2021-2030) ($MN)
23 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Defense (2021-2030) ($MN)
24 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Homeland Security (2021-2030) ($MN)
25 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By End User (2021-2030) ($MN)
26 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Armored Vehicles (2021-2030) ($MN)
27 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Handheld Systems (2021-2030) ($MN)
28 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Unmanned Systems (2021-2030) ($MN)
29 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Aircraft Systems (2021-2030) ($MN)
30 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Ships & Submarines (2021-2030) ($MN)
31 Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook, By Other End Users (2021-2030) ($MN)
Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.
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