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Armored Vehicle Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis, By Platform (Combat Vehicles, Combat Support Vehicles, Unmanned Armored Ground Vehicles), By Mobility (Wheeled, Tracked), By System (Engine, Drive Systems, Ballistic Armor, Turret Drives, Ammunition Handling Systems, Others) and Regional Forecast, 2019-2026

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The global armored vehicle market size was valued at USD 17.18 billion in 2018 is projected to reach USD 26.12 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.36% during the forecast period.

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Armored vehicles are armed combat vehicles that are shielded by armor for protection against missiles, IEDs weapons, bullets, shrapnel, and other projectiles and weapon systems. These vehicles have invasive as well as defensive capabilities. For instance, the main battle tank (MBT) is equipped with a main tank gun and one or more machine guns for attacking or invasion purposes, and the vehicle is protected by armor to defend against the attacks made by the enemy. The demand for armored vehicles is increasing due to the frequent occurrence of cross-border conflicts and asymmetric warfare across the globe. The development of military armored vehicle technologies combines innovations from areas such as electronics, weaponry, automotive, and material science are also fueling the growth of the military bulletproof vehicle market.


Rising Adoption of Active Protection System (APS) Witnessed as a Significant Market Trend

The active protection system automatically detects and counteracts incoming threat projectiles before they reach a target. APS uses launchers, tracking radar, sensors, and countermeasure munitions to protect combat vehicles from grenades attacks and anti-tank guided missiles. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Raytheon Company, Leonardo DRS, and among others are the key players that are developing APS. In October 2019, RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems of Israel and Leonardo DRS delivered the first trophy active protection system for the U.S. Army for tanks and armored combat vehicles. The trophy is one of the completely integrated, combat-proven APS in the world. The networked threat awareness makes this APS unique as it has a provision to identify and report shooter locations across the battle management system. This trend is predicted to accelerate market growth.  

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Rising demand for ultra-lightweight armored vehicle plays a vital role in market growth

Green technology is a combination of science and technology to create products and services that are environment-friendly; the adoption of green technologies such as lightweight materials for vehicle body/structure, use of electricity to power the vehicle, and others are rising rapidly. Furthermore, increased use of ceramic armor provides hardness with a very lightweight. The ceramic material offers corrosion resistance, high strength, insulation and conductivity, heat resistance, thermal expansion, and chemical resistance.

The U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) developed an ultra-lightweight armored vehicle that is driven by a lightweight diesel engine and two electric motors that provide high running performance. The use of electric motors eliminates the requirement for the driveshaft, creating more space for the unique mine-resistant bottom.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Combat Capability Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) are emerging combat vehicles such as main battle tanks (MBTs), Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) driven by hydrogen fuel cells. The rising demand for fuel-efficient and cost-effective armored vehicles is expected to be one of the key driving factors for market growth.


The militarization of law enforcement agencies drives the armored vehicle market

Militarization is the process in which the civilian police force implements the military model principles that include obtaining the equipment, tactics, and culture of the military. Exposure of police militarization and public attentiveness has majorly focused on the acquisition of military equipment such as aircraft, and weapons. The increased use of military equipment and armored vehicles from law enforcement agencies drives the growth of the armored vehicles market. This will increase the demand for law enforcement to control urban conflict and crime from different urban conflict zone around the world.

Rising cross-border disputes resulting in increased demand for the armored vehicle industry

Over the past few years, there has been a rise in disputes, terrorist activities, and wars across the globe. The rising violence in countries such as Syria and Iraq, increasing cross-border activities and combat insurgency between Asian countries and among other regions has led several countries across the globe to modernize their existing defense system. Countries across the world are focusing on strengthening and safeguarding defense systems by deploying advanced light protecting vehicles (LPVs), main battle tanks (MBTs), infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), and others. These factors will drive market growth during the forecast period.


High chances of electrical, mechanical components failure in armored vehicles are hindering the market growth

Armored vehicles are prone to the mechanical stresses caused by their movement on uneven topographies. These vehicles often result in mechanical failures in the engine and transmission system due to high-speed operating systems. Thus, due to mechanical failures, these vehicles undergo breakdown of components, jamming of parts, power failures, and others. Such failures can cause severe breakdown during battlefield operations as these failures are difficult to rectify by rescue & recovery teams. Moreover, the identification of faulty components results in the malfunctioning of armored vehicles. Thus, manufacturers are developing new and innovative designs to reduce and rectify the failures mentioned above in armored vehicles.


By Platform Analysis

Increase in the demand for combat vehicles in counter-terrorism operations is driving the growth of the market

Based on the platform, the market is classified into combat vehicles, combat support vehicles, and unmanned armored ground vehicles. The combat vehicle segment is expected to be the largest segment in the market during the forecast period. Rising demand for light armored vehicles (LAVs) and armored personnel carriers (APCs) across the globe are the factors driving the growth of the combat vehicle segment of the market.

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The unmanned armored ground vehicle is predicted to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period. These unmanned vehicles can operate in high-risk situations and provide remarkable potential for ground operations. Thus, the rise in demand for the development and deployment of these unmanned armored vehicles will accelerate civilian armored vehicle growth.

The combat support vehicle segment is also expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period owing to its various capabilities such as fire assistance, operational assistance, and others.   

By Mobility Analysis

Wheeled armored vehicle to gain momentum during the forecast period, to the demand for these  

By mobility, the market has been segmented by wheeled and tracked armored vehicles. The wheeled armored vehicle segment is anticipated to be the fastest-growing segment of the market due to the increased demand for 4X4 light armored vehicles by the military for transportation, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance application around the world. 

By System Analysis

 The rise in the military modernization programs across the globe  

The armored vehicle market based on the system includes engine, drive system, ballistic armor, turret drives, ammunition handling system, fire control system (FCS), armaments, countermeasure system, command & control (C2) system, power system, a navigation system, observation and display system, and hull/frames. The armaments segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period due to increased demand for anti-tank guided missile (AGTM) launchers, remote weapon stations, and other armaments across the globe. Moreover, the rise in military modernization programs is expected to propel the growth of the market segment. The market for the engine segment is expected to grow due to the surge in demand for durable and robust diesel engines. Moreover, owing to the modernization of MBTs, the demand for turbine engines is increasing.

The ballistic armor segment is divided into explosive reactive armor (ERA), composite armor, electric armor, homogeneous armor, and others. The composite armor segment is expected to witness substantial growth in the market during the forecast period, owing to the rise in demand for lightweight armored vehicles with increased protection.


The findings based on our research methodology & analysis indicate that Asia-Pacific is predicted to be the fastest-growing region in this market during the forecast period. The rise in demand for these vehicles in this region can be endorsed to rising terrorist activities. Moreover, the increase in expenditure by emerging economies such as India and China on defense operations is predicted to expected to drive the growth of the market in Asia-Pacific. Some of the leading armored vehicle manufacturing companies in the region are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan), NORINCO (China), Ordnance Factory Board (India), and among others.

North America Armored Vehicle Market, 2018 (USD Billion)

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North America is to holds the largest share of the market during the forecast period. The key factor accelerating the growth of the market is increasing investments by major players in the research and development of advanced technologies in these vehicles. The region has heavily invested in advancing manufacturing capabilities and upgraded armored vehicles & heavy equipment factories in the region. Moreover, The U.S. government is focusing on strengthening the national defense system, thus investing in the development of infrastructure is expected to propel the armored vehicle for civilian market growth.


Key Players to Maintain Their Strong Leadership Position Across Different Armored Vehicles-Related Market

Key players are emphasizing on collaborating with companies engaged in the manufacturing of advanced systems and components to provide their products with cutting-edge technologies for better combat capabilities.

At present, the global armored vehicle market is dominated by the top ten market players holding more than half of the market share. The dominance of key armored vehicle manufacturers is dependent on their spending in the research & development of active protection systems, AI-based smart object recognition and tracking technology, navigation algorithms for unmanned armored vehicles, and among others.

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  • In January 2021, Elbit Systems signed a three-year contract worth USD 172 million with Asia Pacific country for the supply of tracked light tanks and wheeled fire-support vehicle. The contract includes supply of Sabrah light tank and eight-wheel drive Pandur II vehicle.

  • In February 2021, BAE systems signed a contract worth USD 184 million with the U.S. Marine Corps for supply of 36 Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs). The contract covers production, fielding, and support costs for the ACV personnel carrier (ACV-P) variant.

  • In March 2021, Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd (MDSL) signed a contract with the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver 1,300 light specialist vehicles (LSVs). The value of the contract was USD 146 million and it will be completed by 2025.

  • In February 2021, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and the UAE based Nimr signed an agreement to transfer armored vehicle production and technology to the kingdom. The two parties will work closely to produce the armored vehicle in Saudi Arabia.

  • In June 2021, Katmerciler, a Turkish defense firm signed a contract with Kenya to provide 118 armored vehicles. The contract includes supply of tactical wheeled armored 4x4 vehicle, Hizir to the Kenya. It is a 400-HP vehicle that provides high protection against handmade explosives and mines.


Reactive armor, the adaptive camouflage system, programmable ammunition systems, and others are some of the technologies that will change the future of the armored vehicle. The reactive armor is a vehicle armor that reacts to the impact of the weapon to reduce the harm done to the vehicle by the enemy forces. There are various types of reactive armor, such as electric reactive armor, explosive reactive armor, non-explosive reactive armor, and others.

The adaptive camouflage provides disguise from visual detection. Active camouflage has developed using organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and other technologies that allow for images to be projected onto irregularly shaped surfaces.


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The report offers qualitative and quantitative insights on armored vehicle solutions and services and a detailed analysis of market size & growth rate for the segments in the market.

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Along with this, the report offers an elaborative analysis of armored vehicle market dynamics, emerging trends, and competitive landscape in the armored vehicle industry. Key insights covered in the report are the adoption of advanced technology, recent industry developments such as long term partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, consolidated company SWOT analysis of key players, Porter’s five forces analysis, key business strategies of leading market players, macro and micro-economic indicators, and key industry trends.




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By Platform

  • Combat Vehicles

    • Main Battle Tanks

    • Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    • Armored Personal Carriers

    • Armored Amphibious Vehicles

    • Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

    • Self-Propelled Howitzers

    • Air Defense Vehicles

    • Armored Mortar Carriers

  • Combat Support Vehicles

    • Armored Supply Trucks

    • Armored Command and Control Vehicles

    • Repair and Recovery Vehicles

    • Others

  • Unmanned Armored Ground Vehicles

By Mobility

  • Wheeled

  • Tracked

By System

  • Engine

  • Drive System

  • Ballistic Armor

  • Turret Drives

  • Ammunition Handling System

  • Fire Control Systems (FCS)

  • Armaments

  • Countermeasure System

  • Command & Control (C2) System

  • Power System

  • Navigation System

  • Observation & Display System

  • Hulls/Frames

By Region

  • North America (the U.S. and Canada)

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

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

  • The Middle East (the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Rest of the Middle East & Africa)

  • Rest of the World (Latin America and Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions

The global market size was valued at USD 17.18 billion in 2018 is projected to reach USD 26.12 billion by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.36% during the forecast period.

Combat vehicle and armament sub-segments are the leading sub-segments in the platform and system segment, respectively. Demand for combat vehicles is expected to increase in the defense industry in the near future due to unpredictable and unstable international diplomatic and geopolitical environment.

Some of the driving factors for the market are the rising cross-border disputes across the globe due to which governments are focused on strengthening and safeguarding the defense system.

Some of the key players are General Dynamics Corporation, BAE Systems, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co., INKAS Armored Vehicles Manufacturing. These players have adopted different strategies to hold their market share in the market.

The intended audience for the market are government authorities, military equipment and systems manufacturers, armored vehicle systems providers, suppliers, research authorities, and others.

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