Non-lethal weapons, also known as less-lethal weapons, less-than-lethal weapons, non-deadly weapons, compliance weapons, or pain-inducing weapons are weapons which are intended to be less likely to kill a living target than the conventional weapons such as firearms. Such weapons are primarily designed to disable human beings and to avoid fatalities. These weapons are used as an effective alternative for minimizing casualties during critical situations such as riots, civil unrest, combat situations, self-defense, and others.
Non-Lethal Weapons Market Determinants
The main factor driving the growth of global non-lethal weapons market is the shift in warfare tactics. Moreover, the rising demand for crowd control weapons during public riots/demonstrations, surge in the number of domestic crimes, and adoption of technologically advance solutions are also fueling the market growth. On the contrary, defence budget cuts, and government regulations & environmental concerns act as the major hurdles in the growth of the market. However, increasing budgetary expenses in military, and various R&D initiatives are expected to create huge opportunities for the growth of market in the coming years.
The global non-lethal weapons market is segmented on the basis of product type, end user, technology, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into direct contact weapons, and directed energy weapons. The direct contact weapons are further categorized into crowd control weapons, and immobilizers. The directed energy weapons is further categorized into grenade launchers, water weapons, and gases & sprays. On the basis of end user, the market is segmented into law enforcement, civilians, and military. By technology, the market is segmented into electromagnetic, mechanical and kinetic, chemical, and others. Geography wise, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period due to heavy demand for such products, decreasing prices of raw materials, increased riot situations, and strong economic growth.
Some key vendors in the market are Taser International Manufacturing Company, Combined Systems Inc., The Safariland Group, Condor Non-lethal Technologies, BAE Systems, PLC, Herstal SA, Armament Systems & Procedures Inc, Raytheon Company, Lamperd Less Lethal Inc., Mission Less Lethal Technologies, Pepperball Technologies, Inc., Lrad Corporation, and Amtec Less Lethal Systems Inc. In June 2017, Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. introduced its new products including one-of-a-kind Aerial Burst Pepper Spray Grenade. Lamperd completed its engineering and testing of the Aerial Burst Pepper Spray Grenade and passed all the tests. Additionally, it has applied for a required separate application to make bulk shipments into the United States.
NON-LETHAL WEAPONS MARKET SEGMENTATION
By Product Type
• Direct Contact Weapons
o Crowd Control Weapons
• Directed Energy Weapons
o Grenade launchers
o Water weapons
o Gases & sprays
• Law Enforcement
o Visible light
o Radio frequency
o Microwave frequency
• Mechanical and Kinetic
o Blunt impact devices
• Others (Audible, Infrasound, and Ultrasound)
Non-Lethal Weapons Market By Geography
• North America
o Rest of Europe
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia-Pacific
• Rest of the World
o Latin America
o Middle East
KEY MARKET PLAYERS
• Taser International Manufacturing Company
• Combined Systems Inc.
• The Safariland Group
• Condor Non-lethal Technologies
• BAE Systems, PLC
• Herstal SA
• Armament Systems & Procedures Inc
• Raytheon Company
• Lamperd Less Lethal Inc.
• Mission Less Lethal Technologies
• Pepperball Technologies, Inc.
• Lrad Corporation
• Amtec Less Lethal Systems Inc.