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CBRNE Defense Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Purpose (Detection, Protection, Decontamination, and Simulation & Training), By Application (Military and Civil and Law Enforcement), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: July 01, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106142



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The global CBRNE defense market size was valued at USD 17.93 billion in 2023. The market is projected to grow from USD 19.06 billion in 2024 to USD 29.96 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.8% during the forecast period. North America dominated the cbrne defense market with a market share of 36.42% in 2023.


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Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) defense systems are generally used to create mass disruption to control and stabilize warfare situations. The government and companies are looking forward to integrating advanced technology in the CBRNE systems to optimize the overall process and overcome warfare situations.

The development of small unmanned aircraft systems has enabled the transformation of disaster response in the homeland. The advanced technology provides increased situational awareness for remote air monitoring and civil authorities that enables safer decisions. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has equipped the National Guard’s weapons of mass destruction—civil support teams with UAVs that can detect and identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN), and hazardous material (HAZMAT) materials. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the defense industry has been minimal. Countries across the globe have not reduced defense expenditures due to the continuous rising border security and military modernization programs.                  

CBRNE Defense Market Trends

Rising CBRNE Defense Technological Innovations by Key Market Players to Facilitate Novel Solutions to Boost the Market Growth

Rising geopolitical unrest and high demand for safety measures by various economies worldwide are driving the key market players to emphasize technological innovations against the CBRNE weapons utilized by terrorist groups, non-state actors, and certain international regimes. These factors are anticipated to influence the growth of the global CBRNE defense market.

According to our study, there is a rise in CBRNE awareness concerning the wartime response in mind, but since the diminishing threats of warfare, manufacturers are emphasizing civilian, industrial, and commercial applications of the CBRNE systems and mechanisms. The high demand for these applications is driving the market growth.

In May 2021, Teledyne FLIR was awarded a contract worth USD 70 million for approximately 600 FLIR Centaur UGVs for the U.S. Armed Services, which have been capable of the detection of weapons and incidences by quickly attaching various detection sensors and payloads.

In March 2021, Teledyne FLIR Systems Inc. was given an R&D contract worth USD 8 million for the development of the next-generation technology development from the Office of Joint Science and Technology of the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA JSTO).

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CBRNE Defense Market Growth Factors

Dynamic Development in the Nature of Warfare and Utility of CBRNE Threats by Terrorist Groups to Propel the Market Growth

According to the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), international peace and security have been under serious threat owing to the prospect of CBRNE materials’ accessibility to the terrorists & their supporters and non-state actors. This development has encouraged governments worldwide to invest and nurture R&D, and the manufacturing of systems for homeland security is anticipated to propel the market. The increasing efforts from various leading superpowers toward continuously enhancing their warfare and offense capabilities is primarily responsible for the demand for the market. Furthermore, continuous testing of new explosive technologies and nuclear tests is further driving the defense and law enforcement departments toward purchasing these explosives.

As per the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT), United Nations General Assembly has asked its member states in the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy’s sixth review to restrict terrorists and non-state actors from accessing weapons and their delivery systems. It has also asked for cooperation within and between member states and regional and international organizations for capability enhancement of defense and restrictions on the proliferation of CBRNE weapons. These factors are anticipated to boost the market growth.

In November 2020, INTERPOL and UNCCT initiated a five-year joint initiative for the Global Threat Assessment Study on Non-State Actors & their materials. Such initiatives for measuring the threats and implementation of regulatory norms are expected to drive the market growth of the market.

 According to 2018 & 2019 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community reports, the international regimes such as Russia, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, China, and the terrorist group has increased the weapons threats through capability enhancement, production, proliferation, and utilization of weapons on the world populace. This factor is anticipated to influence market growth.

Favorable Regulations and International Agreements for the Development of CBRNE Solutions to Drive the Market Growth

According to the 2017 EU CBRN Action Plan, the European Union has adopted and focused on the accessibility reduction of materials, a robust preparedness against any internal and external links with regional and international partners. It has also been proposed that medical preparedness should be a priority of action plans. This regulatory adoption has further pushed the demand for defense specialist schools in the European market. Further, this has resulted in emphasizing defense specialist courses, which is attributed to the rise in the demand for a skilled workforce in this market by region.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Strategy for CBRNE Standards emphasizes interagency collaboration for better response and utilizes the research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) of CBRNE infrastructure. It also emphasizes the establishment of the standards required for detection equipment, interoperability of various agencies, user training, and standard operating processes for systems protection.

According to NATO’s Comprehensive and Strategic Level Policy for the proliferation of CBRNE defense, the 12th section emphasizes the reduction of the proliferation of weapons & their delivery systems and capability enhancements. Such a regulatory framework for the development of chemical biological radiological and nuclear defense marine solutions is anticipated to drive market growth.


Lack of Investments in Research and Development to Hamper the Market Growth

CBRNE incidents and attacks on various countries worldwide have derived the conclusion that governments worldwide have been lacking in the CBRNE situational awareness, a robust SOP for first responders, the prevention strategy. These factors have been influencing the market growth owing to the limited investments in biological radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN) capabilities.

The lack of stringent equipment manufacturing standards and lack of investments in the research and development (R&D) of defense product portfolio and solutions by governments have long been derailing the capabilities of the manufacturer to produce state-of-the-art equipment and solutions. Such factors are restraining the growth of the market.

Governments are anticipated to learn from such fiascoes and invest in CBRNE equipment for future risks posed by terrorist and non-state actors owing to the easy accessibility of chemicals and materials required for weapon manufacturing.

The R&D in defense manufacturing and regulatory framework for non-proliferation has been widely limited to the developed and some of the developing economies. This has prevented the widespread capabilities’ enhancements of UN member states from the risks of proliferation into their states and defense capabilities against the CBRNE attacks.

CBRNE Defense Market Segmentation Analysis

By Purpose Analysis

Detection Domain from the Purpose Segment to Dominate the Market

Based on the purpose, the market is divided into detection, protection, decontamination, and simulation and training.

The detection segment accounted for the largest market share in 2023 owing to the continuous increase in demand for a range of field-proven detection systems that are specially developed to provide military users with reliable tools that enable effective warning and response. For instance, Bruker Corporation’s RAPIDplus offers instantaneous stand-off chemical detection and identification at up to 5000 meters. Increased modern artillery and various terrorizing events that occurred in the past have led to high and upscale investment from government bodies in purchasing explosive detection systems.

The protection segment is projected to be the fastest-growing segment, with the highest CAGR of 6.3% over 2024 to 2032. The rising need to improve the safety and security of military personnel and civilians by procuring and deploying defense solutions at public places such as airports, public transportations, country, and state borders is expected to boost the segment growth during the forecast period.

The decontamination segment contributed significantly in terms of market share and is estimated to reach USD 5.42 billion by 2028. This share is accredited to the surge in the production of weapons across the globe. This factor increases concern regarding the safety and security of civilians and military personnel. Thus, to destroy, remove or neutralize the weapon impact, the need for a decontamination solution has increased significantly.

Simulation and training is a crucial aspect of defense. The demand for trained military personnel to carry out battlefield operations is rising over the last couple of years. Thus, it is estimated to have considerable growth during the forecast period owing to the rising simulation equipment procurement from Asian countries such as China, India, and Australia. This is expected to boost the growth of the market segment during the forecast period.

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By Application Analysis

Military Segment to Dominate Market Owing to Rising Procurement in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with CBRNE Defense Capabilities.

Based on the application, the market is segmented into military and civil, and law enforcement.

The military segment registered the largest CBRNE defense market share in 2023 and is anticipated to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. The growing adoption of advanced defense solutions and military drones as well as increased defense budget worldwide are likely to boost the growth of the military segment. Moreover, the rising procurement of unmanned ground and unmanned aerial vehicles with CBRNE capabilities in homeland security is expected to boost the market’s growth.

According to the report of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 2021, the total global military expenditure rose to USD 1,981 billion last year, an increase of 2.6 percent in real terms from 2019.

The civil and law enforcement segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% and is predicted to grow significantly throughout the forecast period. The rising terrorist threats, activities, and attacks using chemicals and biological weapons across the world, and increasing concerns related to the safety of civilians are expected to drive the segment growth during the forecast period. This factor also leads to the formulation of stringent laws by governments against terrorism leads to enhance the nation’s security. These are the primary factors that are anticipated to support the growth of the civil and law enforcement segment.


The global CBRNE defense market is segmented into North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa.

North America CBRNE Defense Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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North America dominated the market in 2023. The market size stood at USD 6.53 billion in 2023. The adoption of safety measures to protect armed forces and high military budgets are the primary factors supporting the growth of the market in North America. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report 2021, the U.S. accounted for 39% of total military expenditures in 2020; this will facilitate the growth of the market in the next few years.

The market in Latin America is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period. The growing focus on strengthening border security in Mexico is likely to fuel the market growth in Latin America. For instance, in 2019, the Mexican government had deployed 27,000 military and security forces to enforce migration laws.

Asia-Pacific market size is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR through the forecast period. The rising disputes among neighboring countries will increase the focus of governments, leading to the strengthening of the nation’s security in coming years. Moreover, the growing defense budgets of China and India to strengthen their border security are anticipated to fuel the market growth in Asia Pacific. For instance, in 2020, China and India invested USD 252 billion and 72.9 billion, respectively, on the development and modernization of the military and defense sectors.

The market in Europe is projected to grow significantly during the forecast period due to the presence of CBRNE solution manufacturers such as Argon Electronics, Avon Protection Plc, and Blucher Gmbh. The market in the Middle East and Africa is anticipated to grow at a moderate rate during 2024-2032. This growth is accredited to the increase in terrorist attacks and the focus of defense authorities on improving airport and border security.

List of Key Companies in CBRNE Defense Market

Diverse Portfolio and Core Focus on Defense of Teledyne FLIR Systems to Propel the Company to a Leading Position

Teledyne FLIR Systems is a global leader in advanced sensing technologies for defense and industrial applications. It provides solutions and products in various segments such as government & defense, industrial, public safety and transportation, security, marine, and research & development. The government & defense segment includes airborne systems, unmanned aerial systems, unmanned ground systems, land systems, CBRNE detectors, integrated solutions, command & control.

In March 2019, Teledyne FLIR Systems, Inc. completed the acquisition of Endeavor Robotic Holdings, Inc., a leading developer of battle-tested, tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) for the global military and public safety, and critical infrastructure markets. The company is focusing on strengthening its CBRNE portfolio by implementing a mergers and acquisitions strategy in the upcoming years.


  • Argon Electronics (U.K.)

  •  Avon protection Plc (U.K.)

  •  Battelle (U.S.)

  • Blucher Gmbh (U.S.)

  • Teledyne FLIR Systems, Inc. (U.S.)     

  • Nexter NBC sys (Germany)

  • Karcher Futuretech Gmbh (Germany)

  •  Murtech, Inc. (U.S.)

  • HDT Global (U.S.)

  • Saab Ab (Sweden)

  • CQC (U.K.)

  •  Leidos Holding Plc (U.S.)

  • QinetiQ (U.K.)


  • January 2024 – Draper announced that the company recently received a contract to supply the U.S. department of defense with USD 26 million worth of enhanced chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance solutions. The company would introduce its  latest flight software and sensor-driven algorithms with the aim to provide uncrewed systems to activate in teams and to deport CBRN missions in denied environments, including areas without GPS.

  • December 2023 – Babcock Australasia announced that it procured a new military contract worth USD 37 million. It is a three year contract established  with Commonwealth Australia where the company would be offering its latest counter chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear,  and explosive (CBRNE) capabilities.

  • February 2023 – Teledyne FLIR Defense announced that the company procured a USD 13 million worth of military contract from Pentagon in which the company would be offering CBRN detection integrated with autonomous drones. The company would also offer its R80D SkyRaider with CBRN detection systems to autonomously perform detection capabilities.

  • December 2022 – The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) announced that it received a military contract worth USD 1.5 million in which the institute would focus on providing a new training program againsts all types of hazard academic instruction and training for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNe) response.


An Infographic Representation of CBRNE Defense Market

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The global CBRNE defense market research report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on critical aspects, such as leading companies, applications, and purpose, and the leading platform of the defense systems. Besides this, offers insights into the market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors contributing to the market growth over recent years.

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.8% over 2024 to 2032


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By Purpose

  • Detection

  • Protection

  • Decontamination

  • Simulation and Training

By Application

  • Military

  • Civil and Law Enforcement

By Geography

  • North America (Purpose, Application, and Country)

    • U.S. (By Purpose)

    • Canada (By Purpose)

  • Latin America(Purpose, Application, and Country)

    • Mexico (By Purpose)

    • Brazil (By Purpose)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Purpose)

  • Europe (Purpose, Application, and Country)

    • U.K. (By Purpose)

    • Germany (By Purpose)

    • France (By Purpose)

    • Rest of Europe (By Purpose)

  • Asia-Pacific (Purpose, Application, and Country)

    • Japan (By Purpose)

    • China (By Purpose)

    • India (By Purpose)

    • Vietnam (By Purpose)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Purpose)

  • The Middle East & Africa(Purpose, Application, and Country)

    • Israel (By Purpose)

    • The UAE (By Purpose)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Purpose)

    • Iraq (By Purpose)

    • South Africa (By Purpose)

    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa (By Purpose)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 17.93 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 29.96 billion by 2032.

Registering a CAGR of 5.8%, the market will exhibit steady growth over the forecast period (2024-2032).

The detection segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period.

Teledyne FLIR Systemsis the leading player in the global market.

North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2023.

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