Civic Unrests Create Demand for Non-Lethal Weapons

The remarkable rate of technological advancements and growing internal security threats have both created a significant demand for non-lethal weapons. These weapons are readily being procured by the militaries across the globe to modernize their weaponry and arsenal. The demand for non-lethal weapons also stems from the increasing need to control crowds in the war-torn regions of Brazil, Ukraine, India, and Israel. Owing to these reasons, militaries are adopting non-lethal weapons such as directed energy weapons, gases and sprays, conducted energy weapons, explosives, and water weapons. Growing development of lethal weapons that do not compromise on stealth but minimize the collateral damage is also fueling the overall market. 

According to the latest report published by Transparency Market Research, the global non-lethal weapons market was worth US$3.2 bn in 2014 and is expected to reach a valuation of US$4.8 bn by 2021. The expansion of this market between 2015 and 2021 will be at a CAGR of 6.1%.
The use of non-lethal weapons has been especially beneficial for militaries in maintaining domestic peace, ensuring riot control, and preventing insurgencies. Consumers have also been investing in non-lethal gases and sprays such as pepper sprays for self-defense purposes for merely disarming the assailant and averting a crime. 

North America Witnesses Rise in Usage of Non-Lethal Weapons for Self Defense

Evolving warfare tactics have been the primary growth driver for the increasing adoption of non-lethal weapons market in North America. Researchers predict that this regional segment is accepted to rise at a CAGR of 5.8% between 2015 and 2021. The growth in this region will also be attributable to the expansion of law enforcement agencies and the efficient development of non-lethal weapons. 

Furthermore, the growing demand from civilians to possess non-lethal weapons for self-defense needs in times of rampant terrorism has also proven to be a key factor driving the global market. The growing military budgets across the North America region and the need to contain unrests with minimal harm to the civilians is also anticipated to boost this market in the near future. The strong presence of manufacturers of non-lethal weapons is yet another important factor responsible for the rise of this market. In the near future, this region witness a significant demand for gases and sprays as civilians are seeking non-lethal weapons to safeguard themselves. 

Modernization Programs across Militaries Lead to Adoption of Non-Lethal Weapons

The modernization programs across global militaries and deployment of militaries in non-combat zones have led to a sudden rise in the demand for non-lethal weapons. To keep up with the changing nature of combat, where human shields are becoming a common norm, militaries are opting for non-lethal weapons to prevent permanent damage to human lives. The increasing strength of law enforcement agencies has also created a huge demand for non-lethal weapons. Batons, tear gas canisters, flash grenades, water cannons, acoustic devices, and stun grenades are some of the popularly used non-lethal weapons in the global market. 

Some of the leading players operating in the global non-lethal weapons market are General Dynamics Corporation, The Raytheon Company, BAE Systems Plc, Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc., TASER International Inc, Boeing Company, FN Herstal, and Safariland Group. These companies are focusing on product innovation and intensive research and development for the forthcoming years. Companies in developing regions are also anticipated to garner a remarkable share as they will focus on contract manufacturing in the near future.


Non-lethal weapons also known as “less than lethal” weapons are witnessing a growth in demand by law enforcement agencies and military organizations worldwide. The market for non-lethal weapons market is expected to grow as an essential asymmetric warfare tool over the forecast period globally. Changing warfare tactics from traditional to rebellious protest in urban areas have significantly influenced the growth of the non-lethal weapons market globally. Increasing mass demonstrations, civil riots, terrorist activities, insurgency, and urban warfare in the past has influenced the armed forces to deploy of non-fatal weaponry. Governments across the globe have been actively investing in research, development, and procurement of non-lethal weapons to combat the above mentioned issues and secure civilian lives during emergencies. Crowd control non-lethal weapons, which consist of tear gases, malodorants and water cannons, are expected to witness high demand over the forecast period. Countries such as the U.S., Russia, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, China, and Israel are presently investing heavily in the development of non-lethal weapons.


The demand for non-lethal weapons is expected to generate from countries such as India, South Korea, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia and South Africa among others in the near future. With increasing R&D initiatives in non-lethal weapons industry, new products are being developed by the manufacturers with better efficiencies, accuracy, and low cost per shot benefits. Moreover, the industry also encounters some major restraints such as international laws and restrictions which have high impact presently and restrict the growth of the market. However, the impacts of these factors are expected to reduce during the forecast period.


In this report, the market has been segmented based on product, technology, application, and geography. It also includes drivers, restraints and opportunities (DROs). The study highlights current market trends and provides the forecast from 2014 to 2021. The report covers the current market scenario for non-lethal weapons and highlights future trends that could affect the demand for the same. The global non-lethal weapons market is expected to observe a steady growth rate from 2015-2021 at a rapid CAGR.


By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). Based on the product, the market has been categorized into directed energy weapons, conducted energy weapons, gases and sprays, water weapons, and explosives. Additionally, the market has been segmented on the basis of technology which includes mechanical and kinetic, chemical, acoustic, electromagnetic and other technologies. On basis of application, the market has been categorized into military, law enforcement agencies and civilians. The market size and forecast from 2014 to 2021 have been provided in the report.


Analysis of macroeconomic factors influencing and inhibiting the growth of the global non-lethal 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 non-lethal weapons industry. The report is intended to help manufacturers; weapons suppliers and distributors in understanding the present and future trends in non-lethal weapons market and formulate their strategies accordingly.


This study includes the profiles of key players in the non-lethal 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 non-lethal weapons. The key participants in this market are the Raytheon Company, BAE Systems Plc, the Boeing Company, TASER International Inc, Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc., FN Herstal, Safariland Group, General Dynamics Corporation, LRAD Corporation and PepperBall Technologies, Inc. among others.

Global Non-Lethal Weapons Market, 2015 - 2021: By Product

  • Directed Energy Weapons
    • High Power Microwaves
    • Laser
    • Sonic
  • Conducted Energy Weapons
  • Gases & Sprays
    • Tear Gas
    • Pepper Spray
    • Scent Based Weapon
    • Others
  • Water Weapons
  • Explosives
    • Sting Grenade
    • Flash Grenade

Global Non-Lethal Weapons Market, 2015 - 2021: By Technology

  • Mechanical & Kinetic
    • Blunt Impact Devices
    • Entanglements
    • Barriers
  • Chemical
    • Malodorants
    • Foams
  • Acoustic
    • Audible
    • Ultrasound
    • Infrasound
  • Electromagnetic
    • Radio Frequency and Microwave Frequency
    • Infrared and Ultraviolet
    • Electroshock
    • Visible Light 
  • Other Technologies
    • Markers
    • Others

Global Non-Lethal Weapons Market, 2015 - 2021: By Application

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Civilians

Global Non-Lethal Weapons Market, 2015 - 2021: By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • France
    • Germany
    • Russia
    • Scandinavia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Oceania (Australia and New Zealand)
    • Rest of APAC
  • Rest of the World
    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Egypt
      • South Africa
      • Rest of MEA
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others