Global Directed Energy Weapons Market: Snapshot 

Most directed energy weapons (DEW) present the very unique advantage over conventional weapons of ammunition cost reduction. The cost per shot of directed energy weapons is far lesser than the same for conventional weapons. A DEW missile defense weapon, for instance, shoots high powered laser beams at an incoming missile to overheat it and cause it to explode. Conventional methods employed include shooting at the missile with land to air weapons that consume a large amount of ammunition to get the job done. Therefore, DEWs not only consume lesser dollars per shot, but also require fewer shots. This is currently the key advantage that clients demanding for directed energy weapons are looking forward to. 

Directed energy weapons are also versatile in utility as they can be used in warfare as well as in crowd control situations. DEWs are highly effective in dispersing crowds and riots and have been seeing an increase in use across the world. An example of a commonly used non-lethal crowd control DEW includes the Active Denial System. 

As a result of the above factors and others, the global market for directed energy weapons is expected to progress at a CAGR of 20.8% within a forecast period from 2014 to 2020, in terms of revenue. The market is expected to reach US$5.21 bn by the end of 2020. 

North America to Report Reduced Consumption of Directed Energy Weapons

North America is expected to remain the leading consumer of directed energy weapons till 2020, by when it is expected to take up 52.9% of the global market’s value. While this is actually a drop in share value, the geographical segment is still the leading one. The demand for weapons in general is expected to reduce in North America due to the significant budget cuts made by the U.S. in its defense sector. Being one of the strongest defense bodies in the world, a reduction in consumption is a major hit to most globally prominent directed energy weapons players.

This reduction in demand from developed economies can be offset by focusing on the booming economies of the developing ones, where there is a strong growth in weapons and ammunitions consumption. The introduction of directed energy weapons is expected to be slower than that in developed economies due to lower awareness rate, but players can find major opportunities in Asia Pacific and Latin America over the coming years. 

Land Based Directed Energy Weapons to Witness Considerable Demand

Airborne, land based, and naval are the three deployment types of directed energy weapons. Of these, land based directed energy weapons are expected to take up 43.5% of the global market value by 2020. This leading share in the market is a result of the growing number of land based programs currently being offered and under development. These include the Active Denial System, the WB-1 Microwave directed energy weapons, and the iron beam. Countries have already committed to building land based directed energy weapons that are extremely efficient, deadly, and accurate, further boosting the scope of growth that directed energy weapons manufacturers can get in land based deployment. 

The top manufacturers of directed energy weapons from a global standpoint include BAE Systems Plc, Lockheed Martin, L-3 Integrated Optical Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems, The Boeing Corporation, Moog Inc., Textron Inc., and Rafael Advanced Systems.


Directed energy weapons (DEW) emits highly focused energy towards a target object or individual in order to damage or disable it. These weapon systems can be either lethal or non-lethal based on their application areas. A DEW system can be deployed in all three formats: land based, naval, and airborne. The low cost of operation and higher accuracy of these weapon systems as compared to conventional weapons is also contributing to the growing demand for DEW systems globally.


The global directed energy weapons market is expected to witness a substantial growth during the forecast period. The increasing demand for crowd control weapons and prevention of adversary situations such as terrorist attacks are boosting the growth of the directed energy weapons, globally. In addition, government initiatives around the world related to development of advanced weaponry for the modern armed troops is also influencing the growth of this market. Countries such as the U.S., Russia, U.K., France, Germany, China, and Israel are presently investing heavily in the development of directed energy weapons.


With increasing research initiatives worldwide in directed energy weapons field, technologically enhanced weapons are being developed by the manufacturers which provide better efficiency, accuracy, and low cost per shot benefits as compared to the traditional counterparts. The countries such as India, South Korea, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa among others are expected to generate further demand for directed energy weapons market in the recent future. However, the DEW market also encounters some major restraints with influence of humanitarian groups against the use of directed energy weapons, which restrict the growth of the market.


In this report, the market has been segmented based on product technology, deployment, weapon type and geography. The report also covers the market drivers, restraints and opportunities (DROs). In addition, the Porter’s five forces analysis and value chain of the global directed energy weapons market provide better insight of the market operations and performance. The study highlights present market trends and provides the forecast from 2014 to 2020. The report covers the current market scenario for directed energy weapons and highlights future trends that could affect the demand for the same. The global directed energy weapons market is expected to observe a steady growth rate from 2015-2021 at a substantial CAGR.


By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Based on the technology, the market has been categorized into high energy lasers (HELs), high power microwaves (HPMs) and particle beams. Additionally, the market has been segmented on the basis of deployment which includes airborne, land based and naval platforms. On basis of weapon type, the market has been categorized into lethal and non-lethal. The market size and forecast for each segment have been provided in the report from 2014 to 2021.


Analysis of macroeconomic factors influencing and inhibiting the growth of the global directed energy weapons market has been covered under the scope of the study. The market attractiveness analysis provided in the report, highlights the major areas for investing in this directed energy weapons industry. The report is intended to help manufacturers; weapons suppliers and distributors in understanding the present and future trends in directed energy weapons market and formulate their strategies accordingly.


This study includes the profiles of key players in the directed energy weapons market and the strategies adopted by them to sustain in the competition. Recent developments by the key players in the market are expected to help the emerging players to design their strategies in an effective manner. The study is expected to help key players in the market and governments across the world to formulate and develop new strategies related to directed energy weapons. The key participants in this market are the BAE Systems Plc, Lockheed Martin Corporation, L-3 Integrated Optical Systems, Raytheon Missile Systems, The Boeing Corporation, Moog Inc., and Rafael Advanced Systems among others. 


Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, 2014 - 2020: By Technology

  • High Energy Lasers
  • High Power Microwaves
  • Particle Beams

Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, 2014 - 2020: By Deployment

  • Airborne
  • Land Based
  • Naval

Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, 2014 - 2020: By Weapon Type

  • Lethal
  • Non-Lethal

Global Directed Energy Weapons Market, 2014 - 2020: By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Italy
    • France
    • Germany
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Rest of APAC
  • Rest of the World
    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • South Africa
      • Rest of MEA
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Rest of South America

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