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Increased Use of Defense Technology for Civilian Applications to Propel the Global Defense Market Through 2020, According to Technavio

May 26, 2016
By Business Wire News


Technavio research analysts are forecasting positive growth for many segments of the global defense market over the next four years as several markets including directed energy weapons (DEW), vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and military robots, will witness an increase in revenues.

Technavio’s market research analysts predict that the global DEW market will grow at a profound CAGR of over 29% during the forecast period. A key driver propelling growth of the global DEW market is the defense from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials so that civilian lives and national security of a country can be preserved. DEW equipment like lasers, radiation detectors, and biosensors are being used to defend against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies. Training fire department personnel, police and paramilitary forces to use these weapons will help them be more effective in performing their roles. These factors will lead to the purchase of different types of DEW and result in the growth of the global DEW market during the forecast period.

A key trend impacting market growth is the development of non-lethal laser weapons. Weapons like the PHASR (personnel handling and stimulation response) emit infrared rays, which temporarily blind enemies and also disable electronic sensors. Weapons that offer accuracy and cause only temporary harm are in demand around the world. Thus, it can be estimated that the rising need for advanced weapons will have a positive impact on demand and will propel market growth by the end of the forecast period.

Apart from the global DEW market, the second most sought after market in defense is the global VTOL UAVs market which will grow at a steady CAGR of 11% by 2020. The high suitability of VTOL UAVs for urban applications is one of the key drivers for this market. Since VTOL UAVs can take-off and land without a runway, they are highly suitable for operations in urban areas. The VTOL UAV’s ease of operation in urban environments, will lead to its adoption during the forecast period.

According to Abhay Singh, a lead research analyst at Technavio for defense research, “There is a growing demand for VTOL UAVs for civil and commercial applications. The ability of these UAVs to aid in surveying, scanning, aerial photography, 3D mapping, oil and gas pipeline monitoring, wind turbine blade inspection, and real estate survey will result in market growth during the predicted period.” Moreover, as VTOL UAVs have the ability to carry out various intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and spy missions, they are increasingly being adopted by defense forces to assist the military in search and rescue operations.

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In recent times, Technavio’s market research analysts have identified a steady growth of over 9% in the global military robots market. Many countries are spending a part of their aerospace and defense budgets to develop and deploy military robots to perform hazardous tasks. Of the several types of military robots in use, the demand for drones has grown exponentially. Equipped with navigation systems, sensors, and GPS, these drones are used to disarm bombs, provide situation reports to troops, aid in combat, and help in search and rescue operations. This growing demand for drones by the armed forces for use in naval and land-based applications will result in the growth of the military robots market over the forecast period.

Some of the key vendors for the defense market include BAE, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, for the global DEW market; AeroVironment, Israel Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman for the global VTOL UAVs market; Boston Dynamics, General Dynamics, and Thales Group for the global military robots market.

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