Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report, By Technology (High Energy Laser Technology, High Power Microwave Technology, Particle Beam Weapons, Plasma Weapons, and Sonic Weapons), By Lethality (Lethal and Non-Lethal), By Platform (Land-based DEW, Airborne-based DEW, Ship-based DEW, and Space-based DEW), By Application (Defense and Homeland Security) By Region (North America, Europe, APAC, and Others), and Segment Forecasts, 2023-2032
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Global Directed Energy Weapons Market was valued at US $ 10.2billion in 2023 and is expected to reach US $ 20.89 billion by 2032 growing at a CAGR of 9.48% during the forecast period 2024 – 2032

Weapon technologies comprising directed energy weapons including particle beams, microwave, electromagnetic field and acoustical energy. Unlike traditional rounds, these weapons direct their energy towards a designated location. Some comments about the utility of the DEW include the fact that it can damage many electronic systems such as military and business ones.Any item they can see with their electromagnetic cone can be confused, blocked, or eradicated.

There are several factors that drive the growth in the industry like the increasing number of security threats from the terrorist groups, rising need for accurate precision and non-proliferation of collateral damage, as well as swift take up of such weapons in the navy among many others. This growth can be thwarted in the first place by considerations on ethics and health aspects, technological obstacles, and limitations Additionally, the cooperation of directed energy weapons with conventional weapons, progressive technology and research development constitute a tremendous opportunity for development for market players within directed energy weapons sector.

This market report includes some of the industry titan that are included like, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Rheinmetall AG, Boeing, RTX, Thales Group, QinetiQ, and Leonardo S.p.A The companies have used different strategies like contracts, partners, agreements, and product upgrade among others, that help them to build on their markets.

The Directed Energy Weapons Trend Analysis

The market will also be fuelled by investment in MILITARY SEAD/DEAD systems.

Through technological development of air defence system, the abilities of countering the suppression and destruction carried out by world Air Forces are reinforced, in accordance with “Multi-domain Suppression of Enemy Air Defense” published in U.S. Army publications. Within this period of prediction, the ground forces should be able to penetrate the next generation multi-layer integrated air defence complexes in their efforts to retain control over the aviation resources belonging to the Air Forces.

According to the defence experts and military strategic thinking, conventional fragmentation or explosive weapon cannot give high technology advantage in an anticipating battle. Next-generation weapons, anticipated to progress through advanced stages of technology maturity over the current ten years period, are expected to incorporate DE devices among their major technology platforms. By that time in the middle 2030’ s, DE weapons are expected to perform to the same standards as currently used conventional weapons and modern KE weapons.

Segmentation Analysis of the Directed Energy Weapons Market

By Technology Analysis

High energy lasers will be on a high demand in the future due to escalating operational needs of the world’s armed forces.

Technological segments of this market include high-power microwave technology, high-energy laser technology, particle beam weapons, plasma weapons, and acoustic weapons.

The high energy laser technology segment is projected to lead by the biggest and fastest growing basis of its share in market 2021. Over the forecast period, the market is anticipated for high-growth because of the growing demand for high-energy laser technology and laser technology advances. They predict an expansion of the segmental market between the years of 2022 and 2029 thanks to wide implementation of the high-power laser in the DEW systems.

The market share projection identifies that the high-power microwave technology subset holds the number two position for the forecasted duration. The rapid adoption of high-power microwave technology is expected to increase growth during the projection period of the land and marine market.

The particle beam weapons segment is expected to have a moderate compound annual growth rate over the projection timeframe. Particle beam weapons can be found in land, water, and air application, which will drive market expansion over the forecasting time period.

The predicted market growth for plasma weapons during this window of prospect remains considerable. The forecast period is expected to be paralleled by large scale R&D investments culminating into widespread adoption of plasma weapons in land, sea, and air domain. However, the slow global rate of adoption of sonic weapons in defence, police as well as security departments is expected to impede the segment’s growth during the forecast period.

By Lethality Analysis

Factors for market segmentation include high adoption rate of lethal DEW across various platforms.

Lethality forms one aspect in which the market may be classified. The lethal section would represent the largest market share in 2021. The growth rate expected for this period is very high pushing it because of increased deployment of lethal directed energy weaponry by the fighting armies across various parts of the world as more states emphasize on targeting destruction of enemy military targets before attacking humans who include civilians and soldiers in combat zones.

It is expected that the non-lethal segment will witness the maximum expansion in five years forecast period. The growth is attributed to increased R&D expenditures of countries worldwide towards homeland security, peacekeeping forces and paramilitary forces.

By Platform Analysis

The increased R&D spending in airborne directed energy weapons will help foster segment market growth.

According to the platform, the market is divided into the land-based, airborne-based, ship-based, and space-based DEW segments. The forecast shows that land-based DEW segment will have the top share in 2021 as compared to other segments. Militaries all over the world have invested in R&D with their given Defense spending directed to specific government branches such as research and development. The demand for stealth-based target action devices and also research and development is expected to drive market development during this prediction time.

The airborne-based DEW segment is expected to grow faster during the forecast period. Many new air defense applications are emerging in the aerospace industry, a sign of an upcoming growth spurt. In terms of air defense, it is expected that the government funds will boost the electronics warfare weapons systems and the aircraft fleets which in turn could drive growth in the market during the forecast period.

The ship based DEW market is expected to experience a significant increase during the forecast period. The increasing use of aircraft carriers foretells a wider market. For future operational requirement, navies worldwide have started replacing the close – in weapon systems with advanced DE weapons and counter UAS technology as well. This has been attributed to the rising drone-swarming menace as well as improved resilience against electronic warfare technologies.

The space-based DEW segment is estimated to increase the market growth by more than double-digit CAGR in years to come. Space-based DEW R&D has been a hot topic since 2022, pointing to future market growth.

By Application Analysis

The growth in utility of non–lethal DEWs would drive the global growth in the Directed energy weapons market over the forecast period.

Defense and homeland security form the segmentation based on application in the market. In 2021, the defence segment will be projected to hold a majority of share. Moreover, the fastest growing CAGR through forecast period shall be directed towards this segment. As more domestic threats emerge, the US Department of Defence has prioritised acquisition of DE weaponry in various sectors such as leading firms and military wings around the world.

The homeland security sector is expected to grow at a high CAGR over the forecast period. The forecast period sees an upsurge in the take-up of DEWs for multiple homeland security operations. Increased government expenditure on homeland security protection system and protection against diverse hazards is believed to fuel growth of the market over the forecast period.

Regional Analysis of the Directed Energy Weapons Market

The global market is segmented into the following regions: Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.

North America is also expected to register the highest growth rate during the forecast period while the overall majority share was attributed to this region with close to USD 3,2 billion in annual contributions as of 2021. Next-generation electronic warfare munitions targeted at land, sea and air based threat are funded substantially by federal government. More so, laser-based technology weapon system uptake is another driver of growth in this industry.

The European market for this directional energy weapon will also account for the second place in the forecast period. The next generation high-energy laser technology has been invested into by member states of the European Union on land, sea, and air. The region’s market expansion of 2022-1929 is expected to have positive impacts, which include this growth.

The Asia pacific market is expected to record the highest CAGR over the forecast period. This expansion comes from increment in investment in directed energy technology research and development by global and local markets players and increase in acceptance of these systems to military and homeland protection application. Moreover, the spreading of the investments to various states within this area has also contributed to the progress of controlled energy technologies provided with funds allocated to some state-owned companies.

However, the region of the Middle East and Africa will witness large average annual compound growth during the period of projection. Regional countries such as Iran and Turkey are conducting different stages of the RDT&E process, expected to enhance market growth during the forecast period.

The region of Latin America during forecast will experience slower growth on account of inadequate budgetary allocations as well as increased need for directed energy weapons programs. The increase in homeland security during the forecast period is expected to drive growth of the market.

Impact on Covid-19

Significant budgetary allocations, plus high development costs, promoted market growth despite the pandemic.

The market of the directed energy weapons developed above average level during the period under review due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This period witnessed broadening that is attributed to innovations and development of high energy laser technology worldwide. However, the pandemic has also affected countries’ budgetary allocations for combating this ongoing epidemic at the same time between 2020-2021.

The continued economic recovery as well as the COVID-19 has had significant influence on global supply chain and distribution capabilities as reported by Raytheon Technologies Corporation. The company suffered various financial losses due to lack of staff and supply chain, product shortage, higher cost for raw materials, service, supplier’s products, and labour.

That the market had not seriously suffered from the coronavirus disease and economic crisis was illustrated through lack of the relevant communiqué from the Defense Expenditure cuts level of the EU Member States. Therefore, it is important to remind the European Union member states that they had promised to follow or may even increase their budgets for the military. The move helped sustain and build on the military abilities of the EU members for the short term period.

In their declarations, defence manufacturers have said that they are involved in developing…

  • Critical infrastructure as well as personnel support.
  • Critical supplier vulnerabilities in the near or intermediate future.
  • Liquid enough for the business as well as its key vendors.
  • Other supply chains options are vertical integration and new suppliers.

Top Key Players Covered

  • Diehl Defense GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
  • Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel)
  • Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.)
  • II-VI Inc. (U.S.)
  • BAE Systems Plc (U.K.)
  • Kord Technologies (U.S.)
  • L3Harris Technologies Inc. (U.S.)
  • Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.)
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (Israel)
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation (U.S.)
  • Rheinmetall AG (Germany)
  • Thales Group (France)
  • The Boeing Company (U.S.)

Key Industry Developments in the Directed Energy Weapons Market

  • In July 2022, Elbit Systems Limited received an order worth USD 80 million to supply an undisclosed Asia Pacific state with IR-PAWS (Infrared-based Passive Airborne Warning Systems) EW systems and C-MUSIC directed in It is expected that this contract will be complete within the next two years.
  • In November 2021, RCCTO, an office under the US Army, awarded a USD 69.6 million contract for a design and demonstration of a 300KW HELWS against emerging and existing UAV and other aerial threats. In support of future operation as demanded by the US Army, these systems will attach to either fixed or semifixed military assets.
  • In September 2021, KBR demonstrated their technical readiness for the initial DE’s M-SHORAD user test and evaluation involving Strykers mounted systems.
  • In September 2021, the Ministry of Defence in the UK announced that it awarded an order worth USD 100.32m to the UK industry consortium led by BAE Systems Plc, Thales UK Ltd, and Raytheon UK Ltd. This Project Tracey involves developing, demonstrating and producing three directed energy weapon demonstrators, including one prospective high-energy laser DEW. These include Wolfhound armoured vehicle demonstrators, ground-based demonstrations mounted on MAN SV vehicles and Wolfhound armoured vehicle-mounted high-energy laser weapon demonstrators.
  • The German armed forces equipment, info tech and in service support federal office (baainbw) awarded a contract to the rheinmetall waffe munition gmbh and mbda deutschland leading a consortium in January 2021 to carry out RDT

Report Components Details
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2022-2029
Quantitative Units Revenue in US $
Drivers High Demand and Adoption Rate of Directed Energy Weapons Owing to Lethality, Precision Strike, and Minimum Indemnity Damage to Drive Market Growth, Efficiency against Hypersonic Projectiles and Elimination of Periodic Ammunition Procurement to Bolster Market Growth
Segments Covered By Technology: High Energy Laser Technology, High Power Microwave Technology, Particle Beam Weapons, Plasma Weapons, Sonic Weapons By Lethality, Lethal, Non-Lethal By Platform: Land-based DEW, Airborne-based DEW, Ship-based DEW, Space-based DEW By Application: Defense, Homeland Security
Countries Covered U.S. and Canada in North America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe in Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific (APAC) in the APAC, Others include Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA), Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of South America as part of South America
Market Players Covered Diehl Defense GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), II-VI Inc. (U.S.), BAE Systems Plc (U.K.), Kord Technologies (U.S.), L3Harris Technologies Inc. (U.S.), Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy), Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.), Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (Israel), Raytheon Technologies Corporation (U.S.), Rheinmetall AG (Germany), Thales Group (France), The Boeing Company (U.S.)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction Of Global Directed Energy Weapons Market
    1. Overview of the Market
    2. Scope of Report
    3. Assumptions
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Research Methodology
    1. Data Mining
    2. Validation
    3. Primary Interviews
    4. List of Data Sources
  4. Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Outlook
    1. Overview
    2. Market Dynamics
      1. Drivers
      2. Restraints
      3. Opportunities
    3. Porters Five Force Model
      1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
      2. Threat of New Entrants
      3. Threat of Substitutes
      4. Competitive Rivalry
      5. Bargaining Power among Buyers
    4. Value Chain Analysis
  5. Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Technology
    1. Overview
    2. High Energy Laser Technology
    3. High Power Microwave Technology
    4. Particle Beam Weapons
    5. Plasma Weapons, and Sonic Weapons
  6. Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Lethality
    1. Overview
      1. Food & Beverages
      2. Lethal
      3. Non-Lethal
  7. Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Platform
    1. Land-based DEW
    2. Airborne-based DEW
    3. Ship-based DEW
    4. Space-based DEW
  8. Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, By Application
    1. Defense
    2. Homeland Security
  9. Global Directed Energy Weapons Market By Region
    1. North America
      1. U.S.
      2. Canada
    2. Europe
      1. Germany
      2. U.K.
      3. France
      4. Rest of Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
      1. China
      2. Japan
      3. India
      4. South Korea
      5. Singapore
      6. Malaysia
      7. Australia
      8. Thailand
      9. Indonesia
      10. Philippines
      11. Rest of Asia Pacific
    4. Others
      1. Saudi Arabia
      2. U.A.E.
      3. South Africa
      4. Egypt
      5. Israel
      6. Rest of Middle East and Africa (MEA)
      7. Brazil
      8. Argentina
      9. Mexico
      10. Rest of South America
  10. Company Profiles
    1. Diehl Defense GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    2. Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    3. Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    4. II-VI Inc. (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    5. BAE Systems Plc (U.K.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    6. Kord Technologies (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    7. L3Harris Technologies Inc. (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    8. Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    9. Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    10. Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    11. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (Israel)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    12. Raytheon Technologies Corporation (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    13. Rheinmetall AG (Germany)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    14. Thales Group (France)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News
    15. The Boeing Company (U.S.)
      1. Company Overview
      2. Key Executives
      3. Operating Business Segments
      4. Product Portfolio
      5. Financial Performance (As per availability)
      6. Key News

Global Directed Energy Weapons Market Segmentation

Directed Energy Weapons by Technology: Market Size & Forecast 2024-2032

  • High Energy Laser Technology
  • High Power Microwave Technology
  • Particle Beam Weapons
  • Plasma Weapons
  • Sonic Weapons

Directed Energy Weapons by Lethality: Market Size & Forecast 2024-2032

  • Lethal
  • Non-Lethal

Directed Energy Weapons by Platform: Market Size & Forecast 2024-2032

  • Land-based DEW
  • Airborne-based DEW
  • Ship-based DEW
  • Space-based DEW

Directed Energy Weapons by Application: Market Size & Forecast 2024-2032

  • Defense
  • Homeland Security

Directed Energy Weapons by Geography: Market Size & Forecast 2024-2032

  • North America (USA, Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Russia, Italy, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, South Korea, India, Southeast Asia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Rest of South America)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

Major Players:

  • Diehl Defense GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
  • Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel)
  • Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.)
  • II-VI Inc. (U.S.)
  • BAE Systems Plc (U.K.)
  • Kord Technologies (U.S.)
  • L3Harris Technologies Inc. (U.S.)
  • Leonardo S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation (U.S.)
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (Israel)
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation (U.S.)
  • Rheinmetall AG (Germany)
  • Thales Group (France)
  • The Boeing Company (U.S.)

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