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Ammunition Handling Systems Market Size, Share, and Russia-Ukraine War Impact Analysis, By Mechanism (Linked and Linkless), By Components (Revolving Magazine, Screw Feeder, Hoist System, Loader Drum Assembly, Hydraulic Power Unit, and Others), By Caliber (Medium and Large), By Platform (Land, Airborne, and Naval), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Region : Global | Report ID: FBI108202 | Status : Ongoing



Ammunition handling systems are mechanisms for handling and feeding ammunition into the weapon for firing. Different systems with different working principles and mechanisms are used for different weapons. Majority of the systems include an automated feeder nowadays, which feeds the ammunition automatically once connected to the barrel of the weapon.

Key Market Insights:

Ammunition handling systems are used to load ammunitions into heavy and medium caliber weaponry, such as artillery and fighter jets. There are two types of feeding mechanisms- linked and linkless. The linkless feeding mechanism is preferred over linked mechanism, due to the latter being prone to jamming. Medium caliber and heavy caliber ammunitions require these systems. Ammunition handling systems are used in guns, cannon, artilleries, and likewise weapons.

The market is driven by the growing military expenditure by countries across the globe. The heavy investments in medium and heavy caliber firearms, like howitzers, are fueling market growth. Increase in the number of heavy weaponry requires an increase in the number of ammunition handling systems. Increased manufacturing and setting up of new production sites are also factors positively impacting the market.

Market restraints include the high cost associated with the research and development of ammunition handling systems, and the regulations imposed by regulatory bodies upon the transportation of these equipment.   

Impact of the Russia-Ukraine War on the Global Ammunition Handling Systems Market:

The Russia-Ukraine War started in February 2022, and has been going on for over a year now. Both the nations have been investing significantly in their militaries, and this has favored the industry. The global ammunition handling systems market has also seen a positive impact. Artillery is being used heavily on the battlefield, and handling systems for the 155 mm caliber ammo are being employed in great numbers. The war has led to a steep increase in manufacturing, and new production sites have been set up to meet the accelerating demands. Military aids and exports from western nations and other European countries has also created demand outside of Europe. The market overall has significant growth since the starting of the war.

The global ammunition handling systems market can be segmented into four broad categories- by mechanism, by components, by caliber, and by platform. Base on the type of feeding mechanism, the market is bifurcated into linked and linkless. Based on the components of the handling systems, the market is divided into revolving magazine, screw feeder, hoist system, loader drum assembly, hydraulic power unit, and others. Based on the caliber size of the ammunition, the market is bifurcated into medium (20 mm – 40 mm) and large (50 mm and above) calibers. Based on the platform, the market is divided into land, airborne, and naval. Based on the region, the market is divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and the rest of the world.

Key Insights:

The report will describe the following key insights:

  • The report analyzes a detailed industry overview, including qualitative and quantitative information.

  • The report analyzes an overview and forecast of the global ammunition handling systems market based on various segments.

  • The report also analyzes comprehensive PEST analysis for all four regions, i.e. North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and the Rest of the World, after evaluating economic, social, political, and technological factors affecting the global ammunition handling systems market in these regions.

Regional Analysis:

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North America is a dominant region for the market. The region witnesses a significant military expenditure by U.S. and Canada. Multiple established big players such as Curtiss-Wright Corporation and General Dynamics Corporation are also present in the region, which further cements the region’s hold in the export sector and in the market. Such favorable conditions also drive the research and development of the technology in the region. Asia Pacific is projected to grow fastest in the coming years. The region is seeing growing geo-political and territorial conflicts. This is forcing nations such as India, China, South Korea, and others to expand their military budget to upgrade their war capabilities. These factors are also promoting the emergence of new players in the region, which is suitable for further growth of the market.

Key Players Covered:

The report includes the company profiles of key players such Meggitt PLC, BAE Systems, Moog Inc., Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Thales Group, General Dynamics Corporation, Standard Armament Inc., Dillon Aero Inc., McNally Industries, and L3Harris Technologies Inc., and others.


By Mechanism

By  Components

By Caliber

By Platform

By Region

  • Linked

  • Linkless

  • Revolving Magazine

  • Screw Feeder

  • Hoist System

  • Loader Drum Assembly

  • Hydraulic Power Unit

  • Others

  • Medium (20 mm – 40 mm)

  • Large (50 mm and above)

  • Land

  • Airborne

  • Naval

  • North America (U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (The U.K., Germany, France, Russia, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia Pacific (India, China, Japan, South Korea and Rest of Asia Pacific)

  • Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Qatar, Israel, South Africa, and Others)

  • Rest of the world (Latin America and Rest of the World)

Key Industry Developments:

  • In February 2023, BAE Systems announced that the firm had been awarded a contract worth USD 219 Million by the U.K. Royal Navy for the installation of five MK 45 Maritime Indirect Fire Systems (MIFS) on the Navy’s Type 26 frigates. The system combines the 62-caliber MK 45 Mod 4A naval gun system with a fully automated Ammunition Handling System (AHS).

  • In October 2022, Elbit Systems Ltd. demonstrated its UT50 unmanned turret, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. The turret features a 50 mm cannon and a high-capacity ammunition handling system.

  • Ongoing
  • 2023
  • 2019-2022

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