Asia-Pacific Non-lethal Weapons Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Asia-Pacific Non-lethal Weapons Market is segmented by Type (Area Denial, Ammunition, Explosives, Gases and Sprays, Directed Energy Weapons, and Electroshock Weapons), Use (Law Enforcement and Military), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market trends
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >5 %
Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market major players

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Market Overview

The Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.

  • The geopolitical tension in the region has resulted in general discontent among the general population, resulting in the staging of several protests and strikes that have quickly escalated into acts of violence. The law enforcement agencies in nations, such as India, China, Japan, and South Korea, are procuring non-lethal weapons as a deterrent to control these unruly incidents and protect the loss of life and property.
  • Technological advancements made by various players across several countries in the region are expected to provide growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the report

A non-lethal weapon is defined as a weapon that can cause pain/irritation to humans on contact either to the skin or any of the human senses, without any permanent damage to any of the senses or functions of the human body. The scope of the study is restricted to the development and procurement of non-lethal weapons in the Asia-Pacific region only.

Area Denial
Gases and Sprays
Directed Energy Weapons
Electroshock Weapons
Law Enforcement
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific

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Key Market Trends

Ammunition Segment is Projected to Grow at a High Pace

The ammunition segment holds a dominant share in the Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market. The increasing instances of civilian unrest in the region have encouraged the military and other law enforcement agencies to procure non-lethal weapons to ensure public safety. Emerging R&D technologies are likely to bolster the development of new non-lethal ammunition, which may propel the growth of the market in the coming years. Several types of non-lethal ammunition, such as rubber bullets, wax bullets, plastic bullets, bean bag rounds, and sponge grenades, are fired from standard firearms or dedicated riot guns for short-range practice, animal control, and riot control. Advances in less-lethal technology offer the promise of more effective control over resistive suspects with fewer serious injuries. Furthermore, governments permit the use of advanced non-lethal weapons in case of emergencies. Hence, the growing requirement for crowd-control weapons may propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market share

China to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

Currently, China is dominating the Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market, mainly due to the occasional riots and civil unrest, such as demonstrations and protests in cities in Eastern China, often in connection with labor-related, environmental, and educational issues. Such instances have led to the police forces resorting to the use of non-lethal ammunition, which, collectively, may have a positive impact on the growth of the market. Moreover, the majority of the law enforcement and police officers in the country carry less-lethal weapons, like tasers, batons, and canisters of mace spray, that are less harmful, when compared to the traditional firearms. The non-lethal weapons market in China may continue to grow, as the number of assaults on law enforcement agencies in the country is on the rise, prompting the government to strengthen the police by developing new non-lethal weaponry. For instance, in September 2019, China designed a sonic weapon that can selectively target individuals or groups in a crowd, leaving them unable to control muscle movements and rendering them easy pickings for the police to round up. The weapon is designed to be non-lethal, and the effects wear off eventually.

Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market growth rate

Competitive Landscape

The prominent players in the Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market are Combined Systems Inc., Condor Non-lethal Technologies, Axon (Taser International Inc.), Safariland LLC, and RUAG Group. Mergers and acquisitions have helped the companies strengthen their market presence. For instance, in May 2018, VIEVU, a subsidiary of Safariland LLC, was acquired by Axon Enterprise Inc. As part of the agreement, Safariland and Axon entered a 10-year agreement, under which Safariland became the preferred holster provider for Axon’s TASER Conducted Electric Weapons (CEW). Additionally, in January 2020, Safariland LLC introduced NIK CBD quick test for the public safety, military, professional, and outdoor markets.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Area Denial

      2. 5.1.2 Ammunition

      3. 5.1.3 Explosives

      4. 5.1.4 Gases and Sprays

      5. 5.1.5 Directed Energy Weapons

      6. 5.1.6 Electroshock Weapons

    2. 5.2 Use

      1. 5.2.1 Law Enforcement

      2. 5.2.2 Military

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        3. South Korea

        4. Australia

        5. Japan

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Condor Non-lethal Technologies

      2. 6.1.2 Axon (Taser International Inc.)

      3. 6.1.3 RUAG Group

      4. 6.1.4 Rheinmetall AG

      5. 6.1.5 Zarc International

      6. 6.1.6 Genasys Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Lamperd Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems Inc. (PACEM Defense LLC)


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Asia-Pacific Non-lethal Weapons Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Asia-Pacific Non-lethal Weapons Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Combined Systems Inc., Condor Non-Lethal Technologies, RUAG Group, Safariland, LLC, Axon (Taser International Inc.) are the major companies operating in Asia-Pacific Non-lethal Weapons Market.

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