Electromagnetic Weapon Market by Range (Less than 1 Mile and More than 1 Mile), Application (Naval Forces, Air Forces, and Ground Forces), Platform (Armored Vehicles, Unmanned Systems, Handheld Systems, Aircraft Systems, Ships & Submarines, and Others), Technology [Laser (High Energy and Low Energy), Microwave, Particle Beam, and Others]: Global Market Size Estimates and Forecast (2019–2030)

Code: BMIRE00025794 | Pages: 100 | Industry: Aerospace and Defense | Date: Sep 2022 | Type: Global

The market was valued at US$ 1.12 billion in 2021 and is expected to hit US$ 7.84 billion by 2030, recording a CAGR of 24.8% during the forecast period.

The Increasing Adoption of Electromagnetic Weapons as Countermeasures has been Significantly Boosting the Market Growth.

The manufacturers in the electromagnetic weapons market are working on development of  countermeasures against homing missiles and rockets. Electromagnetic weapons such as microwaves, particle-beam, and lasers that are powered by electricity do not need complex supply chains as compared to missile weapons supply chains, hence higher future adoption of electromagnetic weapons instead of missiles is expected during the forecast period. This is a driving factor for the electromagnetic weapons to be adopted by the military to utilize as countermeasures for threats, especially for units that operate within a range of an enemy’s missiles. Further, electromagnetic weapons are an affordable means to defeat low-cost threats such as small UAVs. For instance, in 2021, the US Army’s M-SHORAD is an electromagnetic weapon developed to fire lasers from their Stryker vehicle.

Higher-power lasers are being developed to countermeasure China’s voluminous missile salvos. In 2019, the Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) weapons were developed by Lockheed Martin to slew, acquire, track, and defeat drones with a high-energy laser. The system is utilized to eliminate airborne targets by damaging the control system and structural failure. In 2021, Lockheed Martin’s 60-kilowatt HELIOS system was deployed on the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyer. Moreover, Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) is installed on three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and will be installed for two more in the coming years.  

The laser segment dominated the electromagnetic weapon market in 2021. The segment growth is attributed to high investments by majority of the countries for the development of high-energy laser weapon systems to be deployed across different platforms such as aircraft, UAVs, naval vessels, and ground vehicles. Such factors are catalyzing the electromagnetic weapon market growth.

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Within the report, the market is segmented into range, application, platform, technology, and geography. Based on technology, the electromagnetic weapon market is segmented into laser, microwave, particle beam, and others. The laser segment is further bifurcated into high energy and low energy. Based on range, the electromagnetic weapon market is bifurcated into less than 1 mile and more than 1 mile. Based on platform, the electromagnetic weapon market is segmented into naval forces, air forces, and ground forces. Based on platform, the electromagnetic weapon market is segmented into armored vehicles, unmanned systems, handheld systems, aircraft systems, ships & submarines, and others. Geographically, the market is sub-segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

Military Research & Development Programs for Electromagnetic Weapons are Expected to Boost the Growth of Futuristic Innovations.

Modern electromagnetic weapon with exceptional precision have made it necessary for nations with border disputes and regional threats to rely on such cutting-edge weapons for their border safety. For instance, the US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) directed energy demonstrator development program targets technical risk reduction and maturation for high-powered strategic lasers, beam control, lethality, and associated technologies. In FY2021, the US MDA’s directed energy demonstrator development program received US$ 42 million in funding from Department of Defense (US DoD). For FY2022, the US Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) proposed US$ 107 million for high-energy laser development. Moreover, China is focused on R&D for electromagnetic weapon. Future electromagnetic weapon systems are most certainly to be developed more powerful than current systems using realistic klystron amplifier technology, as reported by the Chinese researchers. For instance, in Shanghai, researchers are developing a directed energy weapon system to enable a firing range of 100-petawatt laser shots by 2023. As per several defense sources in July 2022, the US military is developing laser, microwave, and electronic warfare as warship air and point defense systems in response to the continuing crisis between Russia and Ukraine, reserving the expensive ship-launched missiles for only offensive purposes against Russian’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). Moreover, according to several defense sources, in July 2022, Dragonfire, the UK's Laser Directed Energy Programme (LDEW) led by MBDA, announced the success of its trials for the accuracy and power of the laser weapon. MBDA has managed to integrate the tracking system and laser stabilization into laser technology through years of research and development. Such developments are likely to generate huge opportunities for market vendors during the forecast period.

Rising Focus on High Energy Electromagnetic Weapons is Another Major Factor Accelerating the Market Growth.

Armed military forces worldwide are increasing their investment in electromagnetic weapon, including microwave and high-energy laser weapons, as the technology develops. There is a rise in demand for high-energy electromagnetic weapon, and the investments are surging to billions of dollars every year. High-energy laser weapons are preferred to high-powered microwaves for longer-range requirements. Due to rising geopolitical tensions, there is an increase in the procurement of new high-energy laser weapons by developed and emerging nations. The US military is highly investing in the integration of advanced weapons systems such as high-energy laser weapons mounted on vehicles, which is driving the market. For instance, In 2019, the US Air Force deployed its first High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) developed by Raytheon Intelligence & Space. Moreover, Lockheed Martin, another major defense contractor provided a high energy laser (HEL) to the US Navy for installation on its warships. Further, in August 2022, the US Navy received the delivery of a high-energy laser weapon called HELIOS from defense company Lockheed Martin. The adoption of high-energy, high-intensity laser weapons onto the ships and combat systems has provided the US Navy with exceptional directed energy capabilities. High-energy lasers (HEL), which produce photons, and high-power microwaves (HPM), which generate radiofrequency waves, are being installed on naval ships. The sinking of the Russian naval flagship vessel by a Ukrainian anti-ship missile in April 2022 in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War has prompted the US Navy to increase its efforts toward directed energy defenses on warships. Moreover, in January 2022, the US Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, or NSWCDD, established a new department for developing and researching HPM electromagnetic weapon.

Recent strategic developments in electromagnetic weapon market

The electromagnetic weapon market has undergone several significant developments, and a few of these have been mentioned below:

  • In 2022, Raytheon Technologies Corporation announced that the US Army conducted an operational test with the company's Raytheon/Kord 50kW-class high energy laser that is integrated on a Stryker combat vehicle. This assessment was conducted at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
  • In 2022, the US Navy and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) jointly developed high power microwave technology. This weapon is a successor of Counter-Electronics High-Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project, which was developed by AFRL and Boeing.
  • In 2021, Boeing and General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems partnered to pursue opportunities for a 100 kW-class scalable to 250 kW-class High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon system to support various air as well as missile defense applications.

The electromagnetic weapon market is driven by several players by implementing strategic activities such as investments, new launches, mergers & acquisitions, and partnerships. Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rheinmetall AG, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Thales Group, L3Harris Technologies, BAE Systems Plc, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., Boeing, and Elbit Systems are among the prominent players operating in the market.

Target audience for the report:

  • Component providers
  • Laser weapon manufacturers
  • Microwave weapon manufacturers
  • Sound weapon manufacturers
  • Particle beam weapon manufacturers
  • Directed energy weapon component manufacturers
  • Military aviation related associations, organizations, forums, and alliances
  • Government bodies, such as regulating authorities and policy makers
  • Venture capitalists, private equity firms, and start-up companies
  • Research institutes, organizations, and consulting companies

Scope of the report:

In this report, the market has been segmented on the basis of:

  • Range:
    • Less than 1 Mile
    • More than 1 Mile
  • Application
    • Naval Forces
    • Air Forces
    • Ground Forces
  • Platform
    • Armored Vehicles
    • Unmanned Systems
    • Handheld Systems
    • Aircraft Systems
    • Ships and Submarines
    • Others
  • Technology
    • Laser
      • High Energy
      • Low Energy
    • Microwave
    • Particle Beam
    • Others
  • Region
    • North America
      • US
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific (APAC)
    • Middle East & Africa
    • South America
  • Companies profiled
    • Lockheed Martin Corporation
    • Rheinmetall AG
    • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    • Thales Group
    • L3Harris Technologies Inc.
    • BAE Systems Plc
    • Northrop Grumman Corporation
    • Honeywell Aerospace Inc
    • Boeing
    • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Rheinmetall AG
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • Thales Group
  • L3Harris Technologies Inc.
  • BAE Systems Plc
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Honeywell Aerospace Inc
  • Boeing
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
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