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A directed-energy weapon (DEW) is a system that uses directed energy to destroy or damage enemy personnel, facilities, and equipment. DEW is divided into different types of weapons technologies such as laser, high-power sonic, particle beam, and high-power microwave (HPM). DEW has numerous advantages and capabilities over traditional weapons such as precision engagement, speed of light delivery, logistical benefits, and controlled effects.
Increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles and drones leads to security threats which in turn create demand for directed energy weapons. Growing demand for high-powered microwave weapons and high-power lasers will drive the growth of the directed energy weapons market during the forecasts period. In 2019, Northrop Grumman Corporation signed a contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for the development of advanced laser system. The laser system used to protect the U.S. fighters from missiles from hostile forces.
By technology, the market segmented into high energy laser technology, high power microwave technology, and particle beam weapons. Based on the application, the market segmented into defence and homeland security. Based on products, the market is classified into lethal weapons and non-lethal weapons. Based on end-user, the market is divided into land, airborne, ship-based directed energy weapons. From a geographical standpoint, the market categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, The Middle East, and Rest of the World..
Key Market Driver -
Rising demand of laser weapons worldwide due to changing nature of warfare will boost the growth of the market.
Key Market Restraint -
High cost associated in production and industry regulations hampers the growth of the market.
Major key players that are present in the global directed energy weapons market are Lockheed Martin Corporation (The U.S.), Boeing (The U.S.), Northrop Grumman Corporation (The U.S.), Raytheon Technologies Corporation (The U.S.), BAE Systems (The U.K),Textron Inc. (The U.S.), L3Harris Technologies, Inc.(The U.S.), Rheinmetall AG (Germany), Moog Inc. (The U.S.), QinetiQ (The U.K),and among others.
The directed energy weapons market is analyzed across five major regions North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Rest of the World. At present, North America holds the highest market share in the directed energy weapons market. Rising expenditure on research & development in the defense sector and the adoption of advanced laser systems for military operations will drive the market growth in North America. Furthermore, the presence of key players such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Northrop Grumman Corporation, and others propels the growth of the market.
Asia-Pacific is anticipated to witness significant growth in the directed energy weapons market during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the growing defense expenditure from countries such as India, China, South Korea, and others. Procurement of advanced weapons from Asia countries due to increasing terrorist activities, political unrest, and cross border conflicts drives the growth of the market.
Europe is anticipated to witness moderate growth owing to the rising defense budget from countries such as France, Germany, The U.K, and others. Furthermore, the presence of key players such as BAE Systems, QinetiQ, and Rheinmetall AG propels the growth of the market. The Middle East is anticipated to show significant growth during the forecasts period owing to rising expenditure on defence sector from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, and others. In the Rest of the World, the market will show moderate growth due to the changing nature of warfare and rising demand for advanced weapons.
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