Directed Energy Weapons Market Report Share & Forecast-2028

Directed Energy Weapons Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Technology (Laser, Microwave, Particle Beam, and Others), Range (Less Than 1 Mile and More Than 1 Mile), Application (Ground, Naval, and Airborne), and Platform (Armored Vehicles, Unmanned Systems, Handheld Systems, Aircraft Systems, Ships and Submarines, and Others)

Publication Month : Aug 2022

  • Report Code : TIPTE100000743
  • Category : Aerospace and Defense
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 196
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The directed energy weapons market is expected to grow from US$ 1,780.61 Million in 2022 to US$ 5,737.45 Million by 2028; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 21.5% from 2022 to 2028.

Governments of various countries are increasing efforts to meet the growing demand for various security applications by integrating directed energy technology into their military applications. For instance, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is working with several industry vendors to develop DEWs such as high-power lasers and microwaves to achieve optimal results. Similarly, India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced its plans to develop DEWs using high-energy lasers and microwaves. These DEWs, including particle beams, high-power microwaves, and plasma, are emerging military technologies yet to be deployed by military forces for future warfare. DEW systems can combat UAVs, artillery, and missiles and reach optimal performance levels required to combat cruise missiles. Moreover, the increased use of UAVs poses security threats and creates demand for directed energy weapons. Thus, the rising need for high-power microwave weapons and high-power lasers will boost the directed energy weapons market growth during the forecast period.

The demand for directed energy weapons is increasing globally, and the value of DEW has continued to rise over the years, given the need for high-power DEWs. The US is expected to lead the market in terms of directed energy weapons market share during the forecast period, followed by China, Germany, France, and the UK. Future developments of defensive weapons such as DEWs provide significant advantages over alternative traditional weapons consisting of precision engagement, low-cost per shot, logistical benefits, and low detectability. The US military is using laser weapons with 100kW-150kW intensity and is focusing on developing more powerful weapons, i.e., 300kW laser weapons, to counter supersonic cruise missiles. Moreover, the US Air Force is testing H2, a high-energy laser weapon system developed by Raytheon Technologies. In the UK, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) provided three contracts worth ~US$ 85.8 million to the UK defense industry to produce advanced laser weapons as part of the Novel Weapons Programme. The increase in civil unrest and militarization of law enforcement agencies regarding the DEWs are the major factors supporting the directed energy weapons market growth.

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Directed Energy Weapons Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 1,780.61 Million in 2022
Market Size Value byUS$ 5,737.45 Million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 21.5% from 2022 to 2028
Forecast Period2022-2028
Base Year2022
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Directed Energy Weapons Market Growth


Owing to the lockdown scenarios across the world, the industry experts analyzed that the defense equipment manufacturing industry faced approximately 4-12 weeks of lag in the military electronic part supply chain during the second quarter of 2020. The supply chain disruption damaged the defense equipment manufacturing in 2020. However, various defense forces are awarding contracts for various weapons (both in operation and in the prototyping phase) to the manufacturers. The manufacturer companies of LaWS (AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System) have been increasing their R&D, prototype manufacturing, and trial run execution since mid-2021, which is positively influencing defense equipment manufacturing. Therefore, the recovery period of the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the defense industry is foreseen to be quicker as compared to various other industries. This factor would fuel the growth of the directed energy weapons market during the forecast period.

In 2020, many developments of high-energy laser weapon systems and microwave weapon systems were witnessed in the directed energy weapons market across North American countries, such as the US. The majority of these developments are based on a contract basis wherein almost all types of vendors, such as Raytheon Technologies, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, have faced supply chain and other component procuring challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors hampered the growth of the directed energy weapons market during the pandemic.

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Market Insights – Directed Energy Weapons Market

Based on region, the directed energy weapons market is primarily segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World. North America is expected to dominate the market in 2022 in terms of directed energy weapons market share and is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific. Further, Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest CAGR in the directed energy weapons market during the forecast period.

Range-Based Insights – Directed Energy Weapons Market

Based on range, the directed energy weapons market is bifurcated into less than 1 mile and more than 1 mile. The less than 1 mile segment is expected to dominate the market in 2022, and it is also projected to retain its dominance during the forecast period. The demand for less than 1 mile segment is mainly driven by growing investments in the development of several laser systems that are being developed by most of the directed energy weapons market players, such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, and Aselsan. These vendors are majorly focusing on the development of products based on the contracts provided by several defense authorities such as the US DoD, UK MoD, Indian MoD, etc.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rheinmetall AG, Raytheon Technologies, Thales Group, and L3Harris Technologies are a few of the prominent players operating in the directed energy weapons market. The market is highly consolidated due to the presence of well-established directed energy weapons market players across the world.

The directed energy weapons market players mainly focus on providing customers with efficient DEW solutions. The directed energy weapons market players are also witnessing a rise in demand for procuring laser weapon products across several armed forces applications. Therefore, many companies focus on expanding their product offerings for different applicational platforms. The companies are also taking initiatives to partner with different companies and develop sustainable solutions armed forces. For instance,

  • In July 2021, the US Navy and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) came under a five-year joint effort for the development of high-power microwave technology capable of knocking out adversary electronics.
  • In May 2022, Rheinmetall announced that it had successfully tested the laser weapon technology demonstrator version built on behalf of the German Bundeswehr forces.
Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Technology, Range, Application, and Platform

Regional Scope
Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Country Scope
Country Scope

Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, RoW, Russian Federation, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the estimated global market size for the directed energy weapons market in 2022?

The estimated global market size for the directed energy weapons market in 2022 is expected to be around US$ 1,780.61 million

What are the driving factors impacting the directed energy weapons market?

Increasing adoption of directed energy weapons as countermeasures
Rising focus on developing high-energy directed energy weapons

What is the future trend in the directed energy weapons market?

Increasing focus on the development of microwave-directed energy weapons

Which are the key players holding the major market share of the directed energy weapons market?

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rheinmetall AG, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Thales Group, and L3Harris Technologies, Inc. are the key market players expected to hold a major market share of the directed energy weapons market in 2022

Which is the fastest growing regional market?

Asia Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR in the directed energy weapons market during the forecast period (2022-2028)

Which countries are registering a high growth rate during the forecast period?

Japan, Mexico, and India are expected to register high growth rates during the forecast period

Which country holds the major market share of the directed energy weapons market?

The US is expected to hold a major market share of the directed energy weapons market in 2022

Which is the leading directed energy weapons platform segment in the directed energy weapons market?

Armored Vehicles segment is expected to hold a major market share of the directed energy weapons market in 2022

What will be the global market size of the directed energy weapons market by 2028?

The global market size of the directed energy weapons market by 2028 will be around US$ 5,737.45 million.

What incremental growth of the directed energy weapons market during the forecast period?

The directed energy weapons market is expected to register an incremental growth value of US$ 3,956.84 million during the forecast period

The List of Companies - Directed Energy Weapons Market

  1. Lockheed Martin Corporation
  2. Thales Group
  3. L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  4. Elbit Systems Ltd.
  5. Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  6. BAE Systems
  7. Moog Inc.
  8. Honeywell International Inc.
  9. Rheinmetall AG
  10. Boeing

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