Body Armor Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

the Body Armor Market is Segmented by Product Type (Soft and Hard Armor, Clothing, Helmets, and Accessories), End User (Military and Civilian), and Geography Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). the Report Offers Market Size and Forecast for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

Body Armor Market Size

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Body Armor Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 2.88 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 3.60 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 4.49 %
Fastest Growing Market Latin America
Largest Market North America

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Body Armor Market Major Players

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Body Armor Market Analysis

The Body Armor Market size is estimated at USD 2.88 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 3.60 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.49% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The rising geopolitical conflict and increased acts of violence and terrorism have necessitated the adoption of body armor by military and law enforcement agencies to ensure their personnel's safety in various situations. However, the level of protection offered by the body armor differs based on the threat assessment of the end users.

Modern-day warfare practices include counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and guerrilla warfare operations that may injure soldiers or cause fatal injuries. Similar scenarios exist in law enforcement wherein criminals, felons, and law offenders can fatally injure corresponding officers, thus necessitating investment in personal body armor and related equipment.

Body armor is specifically developed to shield the wearer from the effect of firearm rounds on human organs. Body armor saves several lives and provides additional protection during car accidents and other assaults on police officers. Most law-enforcement body armor and helmets are designed to defeat attacks from handgun firing.

Investments in advanced body armor equipment have increased in recent years, driven by the government's focus on bridging the gaps between the requirement and the existing supply. Hence, the market is witnessing several procurement and development activities related to the latest body armor. This development in body armor is expected to drive the market's growth in the coming years. In comparison, stringent government regulations limit body armor adoption in the civil sector, hindering the market's growth.

Body Armor Market Trends

Soft and Hard Armors Segment Will Showcase Remarkable Growth During the Forecast Period

The soft and hard armor segment is anticipated to show significant market's growth during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the increasing defense spending and rising focus on soldier's security. Soft body armor is made of ballistic panels with highly specialized fibers. Body armor up to National Institute of Justice (NIJ) level III is considered soft. NIJ Level III is designed to stop or handle six 7.6251 NATO round shots traveling at a speed of up to 2780 feet per second. A level IIIA bulletproof vest is the most effective soft body armor for protecting against handgun bullets.

Hard body armor is made of ceramic and metal plates. New National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard NIJ 0101.07 ruled out NIJ IIA protection level soft body armor. The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) also established test standards for bulletproof vests. HOSDB 2017 standards feature the minimum testing requirement for stab and bulletproof vests. The UK Police have followed the HOSDB standard since it was first established in 1993. Periodic In-Life Monitoring (ILM), Production Quality Testing (PQT), Formed Armor Testing, and others are a few tests in the HOSDB standard.

As per a Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) study, body armor has saved the lives of more than 3,000 police officers since 1990 in the United States alone. Thus, increasing contractual agreements and continuous procurement from regulatory authorities are expected to supplement the demand during the forecast period.

Body Armor Market: Active Military Personnel, By Country, (in Thousands), 2022

North America Dominates the Market During the Forecast Period

North America held the highest shares in the market and is expected to continue its domination during the forecast period. The growth is due to increasing spending on the defense sector and the presence of a large number of military personnel in the United States. The country was the largest defense spender in the world, with a defense budget of USD 877 billion. The US armed forces have 1,832,000 military personnel, of which 1,390,00 are active and 442,000 are reserved. The US law enforcement agencies had approximately 660,288 full-time federal officers in 2021.

Rising procurement of advanced body armor to improve soldier's security drives the market's growth. For instance, in September 2023, Ace Link Armor (US) partnered with Glágio do Brasil (Brazil) to introduce ballistic protection body armor products to the US market. Ace Link Armor launched its new NIJ Certified hard armor plate, which is expected to protect against shots from high-powered rifle caliber rounds, including 7.6251 M80, 5.56x45mm M855, and 7.62x39MSC. Prominent economies considered under the study scope have increased their helmet procurement for armed forces. Also, in April 2021, Avon Rubber PLC, a British company specializing in engineering and manufacturing protection equipment, gained a contract of USD 18.9 million from the United States. The contract was awarded for modifying the US Special Forces' existing Head Protection System. Thus, growing investment in enhancing defense capabilities and increasing the number of military personnel are anticipated to drive the market's growth during the forecast period.

Body Armor Market - Growth Rate by Region (2023 - 2028)

Body Armor Industry Overview

The body armor market is semi-consolidated, with some local and global players holding significant shares in the market. Some prominent players in the market are Safariland LLC, 3M, Honeywell International Inc., Survitec Group Limited, and BAE Systems plc. The key players in the market are highly focused on developing advanced solutions for military forces.

Body armor OEMs such as TenCate and others are manufacturing products that cater to a broader spectrum of protective standards, such as the Association of Testing Agencies for Attack-Resistant Materials and Constructions (VPAM), which has a harder completion standard procedure for certificates. For instance, in February 2021, the Safariland Group released two new highly customizable armor systems under the brand name Safariland, the SHIFT 360 Scalable Plate Rack System and the FAV (Fast Attack Vest). The company has stated that these armor systems would be more versatile and flexible.

Body Armor Market Leaders

  1. Honeywell International Inc.

  2. 3M

  3. Survitec Group Limited

  4. Safariland, LLC

  5. BAE Systems plc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Body Armor Market News

In September 2023, the UK Ministry of Defense provided a USD 48.96 million contract to BAE Systems plc to produce the Striker II Digital Helmet-Mounted Display for Typhoon fighter pilots. The new helmet is a fully digital system, a notable improvement over the Striker that has been in service.

In April 2023, DuPont announced that they had unveiled a new version of Kevlar, promising lighter, more flexible, and more effective body armor. The new armor, named Kevlar EXO aramid fiber, has had the most significant innovation since the previous years.

Body Armor Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    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 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Soft and Hard Armors

      2. 5.1.2 Clothing

      3. 5.1.3 Helmets

      4. 5.1.4 Accessories

    2. 5.2 End User

      1. 5.2.1 Military

      2. 5.2.2 Civil and Law Enforcement

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. 5.3.1.1 United States

        2. 5.3.1.2 Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. 5.3.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 5.3.2.2 Germany

        3. 5.3.2.3 France

        4. 5.3.2.4 Russia

        5. 5.3.2.5 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.3.3.1 China

        2. 5.3.3.2 India

        3. 5.3.3.3 Japan

        4. 5.3.3.4 South Korea

        5. 5.3.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. 5.3.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.3.4.2 Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. 5.3.5.1 United Arab Emirates

        2. 5.3.5.2 Saudi Arabia

        3. 5.3.5.3 Israel

        4. 5.3.5.4 South Africa

        5. 5.3.5.5 Rest of Middle East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Elmon SA

      2. 6.1.2 DuPont De Nemours, Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Honeywell International Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 U.S. Armor Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Point Blank Enterprises Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 BAE Systems plc

      7. 6.1.7 EnGarde B.V.

      8. 6.1.8 ArmorSource LLC

      9. 6.1.9 Bluewater Defense Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Sarkar Tactical

      11. 6.1.11 Survitec Group Limited

      12. 6.1.12 Safariland, LLC

      13. 6.1.13 3M

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Body Armor Industry Segmentation

Body armor, personal armor, armored suit, and coat of armor are defined as protective clothing designed to absorb or deflect physical attacks and historically used to protect military personnel. It is also used by various law enforcement agencies (riot police in particular), private security guards, bodyguards, and occasionally ordinary citizens.

The body armor market is segmented based on product type, end users, and geography. The market is further segmented by product type into soft and hard armor, clothing, helmets, and accessories. By end user, the market is classified into military, civil, and law enforcement. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the body armor market in major countries across different regions. For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

Product Type
Soft and Hard Armors
Clothing
Helmets
Accessories
End User
Military
Civil and Law Enforcement
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Russia
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Israel
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Body Armor Market Research FAQs

The Body Armor Market size is expected to reach USD 2.88 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.49% to reach USD 3.60 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Body Armor Market size is expected to reach USD 2.88 billion.

Honeywell International Inc., 3M, Survitec Group Limited, Safariland, LLC and BAE Systems plc are the major companies operating in the Body Armor Market.

Latin America is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Body Armor Market.

In 2023, the Body Armor Market size was estimated at USD 2.76 billion. The report covers the Body Armor Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Body Armor Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Body Armor Industry Report

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Body Armor Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)