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Electromagnetic Weapons Market

Electromagnetic Weapons Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type, Platform and End User : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030

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Author's: Gunjan Malani | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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Electromagnetic Weapons Market Statistics 2021-2030:

The global electromagnetic weapons market was valued $350.0 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $2,060.1 million in 2030, registering a CAGR of 19.7%.

Electromagnetic weapons utilize electromagnetic energy for delivery of heat, mechanical, or electrical energy to cause pain or permanent damage to the target. These weapons are capable of causing disruption to functioning of electronic equipment and damage to physical objects with high level of electromagnetic pulses. These weapons damage electronic systems by inducing destructive voltage within electronic wiring. Electromagnetic weapons use targeted electrical and magnetic energy to disable critical enemy electronics used for communication, navigation & guidance, computing, and displays. Armed forces across the globe are developing electromagnetic railguns to be used against humans, electronic equipment, and military targets.

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Increase in investments in development of electromagnetic weapons to be integrated into air & missile defense and anti-surface warfare propels growth of the market. Rise in innovations and development of new modernized weapons is anticipated to fuel growth of the global electromagnetic weapons market during the forecast period. Growth in demand for small electromagnetic weapons for unmanned aerial vehicles and use in combat operations has resulted in the market growth. Incorporation of advanced technologies into electromagnetic weapons, and increase in demand from emerging economies is expected to further supplement growth of this market. However, limitation of anti-personnel high-powered microwaves, coupled with risk of high collateral damage associated with electromagnetic weapons is expected to hamper growth of the market. Furthermore, increase in technological advancements and growing research and development of electromagnetic weapons across the globe are expected to offer growth opportunities during the forecast period.

The global electromagnetic weapons market is segmented on the basis of type, platform, end-user, and region. On the basis of type, the market is categorized into rail guns, coil guns, and electromagnetic pulse generators (EMP). By platform, it is fragmented into land-based, air-based, and sea-based. On the basis of end user, it is classified into military and homeland security. By region, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Some leading companies profiled in the electromagnetic weapons market report include Thales Group, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, BAE Systems, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Rheinmetall AG, The Boeing Company, Honeywell International Inc, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

Rise in use of electromagnetic weapons in military combat activities

Defense agencies around the world have started development of electromagnetic weapons and EMP generators for neutralizing threats and maintaining superiority in defense across land, sea, and air. Defense companies are developing electromagnetic weapons to increase protection of aircraft, naval ships, and military vehicles from threats. Advanced electromagnetic weapons aid defense agencies in delivering swift responses against enemy attacks.

Electromagnetic Weapons Market
By Type
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Railgun is projected as the most lucrative segment

Rise in development and adoption of electromagnetic weapons for enhancing defense capabilities is anticipated to propel growth of the global electromagnetic weapons market during the forecast period.
Growth in development of small & compact electromagnetic weapons for UAV

The defense sector is taking advantage of small, fast, and affordable UAV systems to counter security threats. Several organizations are investing in UAVs for protection of personnel and infrastructure. Increase in instances of political, economic, or social upheaval among countries or regions has led to growing domestic and intercontinental tensions across the world. Governments have increased adoption of UAVs to defend growing territorial and intercountry instability. 

Electromagnetic Weapons Market
By Platform
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Sea-based is projected as the most lucrative segment

Emerging economies and developed nations have increased development of compact and cost-effective electromagnetic weapons to counter rising regional instability. High-power electromagnetic weapons are being introduced into warfighting domains to leverage technology, production, and deployment. 

The U.S. military is also deploying new weapons to tackle the threat from small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with microwave-based electromagnetic weapons. A burst of high-intensity microwaves results in overloading of electronics, causing failure and damage to drones.

Electromagnetic Weapons Market
By End-user
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Military is projected as the most lucrative segment

Increase in modernization of weapons for military platforms

Advances in miniaturization of components, microelectronics, materials, and software has increased modernization of weapons. Development of electromagnetic launchers for affordable missiles has encouraged organizations across the world to invest in electromagnetic weapons. Advancements in technology and microelectronics are expected to increase efficiency and range of electromagnetic weapons. 

Technology  superiority and modernization of weapons is  increasingly  going  to  be  the  decisive  factor  in future  battles. Militaries across the world are taking efforts to  develop  and transform  superior technology  into  affordable  and critical  military weapons. Developed and developing countries are investing in R&D establishments to focus on specific capability  requirements  and advanced  technologies.   

Electromagnetic Weapons Market
By Region
North America 

Asia-Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 21.5% during 2021-2030.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis 

  • The COVID-19 crisis has created uncertainty in the market, leading to massive slowing of supply chain, falling business confidence, and increasing panic among customer segments. Governments of different regions have already announced total lockdown and temporary shutdown of industries, thereby adversely affecting the overall production and sales. Countries around the globe have posed stringent restrictions ranging from days to months of lockdown periods. Owing to this pandemic, many businesses have been halted and are waiting for the market conditions to improve.
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in delayed development of electromagnetic weapons and slowdown of trials and demonstrations, restrictions in operations of key players, and shortage of components. The pandemic has resulted in supply-chain disruptions causing delayed developments of electromagnetic railguns. 
  • Shortage of components, subsystems, and electronic systems, owing to regulations associated with import and export of goods have also resulted in delayed manufacturing. Development of electromagnetic weapons has also been impacted by material shortage, owing to manufacturing shutdowns in China, South Korea, and Taiwan. 

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This study presents the analytical depiction of the global electromagnetic weapons market analysis along with current trends and future estimations to depict imminent investment pockets.
  • The overall electromagnetic weapons market opportunity is determined by understanding profitable trends to gain a stronger foothold.
  • The report presents information related to the key drivers, restraints, and opportunities of the global electromagnetic weapons market with a detailed impact analysis.
  • The current electromagnetic weapons market is quantitatively analyzed from 2020 to 2030 to benchmark financial competency.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers in the industry.

Electromagnetic Weapons Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
By Type
  • Rail Guns
  • EMP
  • Coil Gun
  • Air-Based
  • Sea-based
  • Land-Based
  • Military
  • Homeland Security
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Russia, UK, Germany, France, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
Key Market Players

L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Honeywell International Inc., Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION, RHEINMETALL AG, THALES GROUP, BAE Systems, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, THE BOEING COMPANY, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION

Analyst Review

There has been increasing focus on development of electromagnetic railguns and EMP weapons such as electromagnetic bombs to address security concerns across the globe. Leading players in the market are collaborating with governments and research organizations, in addition to exploring novel technologies and applications through research and technology demonstration.

U.S. and China are developing electromagnetic railguns that use electromagnetic fields to launch projectiles.  U.S. Forces have invested in development of railguns with  a  range  of  approximately 370  km. Projectiles  for  electromagnetic railguns  are being developed that have no propulsion  systems  and  are  smaller, less costly,  and  can  be  stored  in  smaller  spaces. These railguns are capable of efficiently countering missile attacks. U.S. aims to mount electromagnetic railguns on warships by 2025, with integration into anti-ground, anti-ship, and anti-aircraft attacks. 

The U.S. Navy is considering adoption of electromagnetic weapons as part of a broader approach to warfare. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of the U.S. Naval Operations, mentioned that cyber weapons need to be merged with electromagnetic attacks, “electromagnetic cyber realm” to enhance defense capabilities.

Factors such as increased security concerns, technological advancements, greater use in aircrafts & naval ships, and rise in demand for compact and efficient weapons supplement growth of the electromagnetic weapons market. However, increase in concerns regarding high collateral damage along with challenges in developing military-grade electromagnetic weapon systems are factors hindering the growth of the electromagnetic weapons market. Moreover, increase in investments by governments and private sectors in advanced weapons, and integration of advanced technologies in weapons are expected to offer opportunities for growth of the market.

Increase in demand for electromagnetic weapons from emerging economies such as Asia-Pacific and LAMEA, coupled with rise in investments for development of technologically advanced weapons is expected to supplement the market growth. Collaborations and research & development is expected to enable leading players to enhance their product portfolios and expand into different regions. Major revenue for electromagnetic weapons is generated from North America, followed by Asia-Pacific.

Author Name(s) : Gunjan Malani | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global electromagnetic weapons market was valued at $350.0 million in 2020

In February 2021, The US Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) signed up for the THOR programme to collaborate with the USAF for development of a prototype Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC)-High Power Microwave system for the US Army. In July 2021, The AFRL revealed its plans for a proposal to develop the follow-on system to THOR.

The sample/company profiles for global electromagnetic weapons market report can be obtained on demand from the AMR website. Also, the 24*7 chat support and direct call services are provided to procure the sample report.

The adoption of electromagnetic weapons has increased in the military sector to deceive and disrupt enemy forces. EMP is used by the militaries across the globe as a non-physically destructive weapon against a variety of targets. EMP possesses the ability to disable communication networks, damage radar networks, jam tanks, and block naval ships among others.

The different types of electromagnetic weapons include rail guns, EMP, and coil guns.

The company profiles of the top market players of electromagnetic weapons market can be obtained from the company profile section mentioned in the report. This section includes analysis of top ten player’s operating in the electromagnetic weapons market.

The opportunities in the global electromagnetic weapons market include growth in investment in research and development of advanced electromagnetic weapon, and rise in demand for electromagnetic weapons from emerging economies

The companies with most market share in electromagnetic weapons market include BAE Systems, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and Thales Group

The upcoming trends in the electromagnetic weapons market include weapons with longer range and higher efficiency, and integration of electromagnetic weapons in unmanned aerial vehicles.

The companies manufacturing electromagnetic weapons include Thales Group, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, BAE Systems, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Rheinmetall AG, The Boeing Company, Honeywell International Inc, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

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Electromagnetic Weapons Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030