CBRNE Defense Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The CBRNe Defense Market is segmented by Purpose (Detection, Protection, Decontamination, Simulation, and Training), Application (Military, Civil, and Law Enforcement), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

the chemical biological radiological and nuclear weapon detection and decontamination market
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North America

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North America

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CBRNE Defense Market

The CBRNe defense market is estimated to register a CAGR of 1.96%, during the forecast period 2019-2024.

  • The CBRNe defense market is growing with an increase in the number of terrorist attacks worldwide using CBRNe agents for carrying out the attacks. The increase in the number of threats, as well as attacks carried out by making use of chemical, biological, and radioactive weapons, in recent years, have led to various governments increasing their security measures, globally.
  • Nowadays, the procurement of chemicals and materials for manufacturing the CBRNe weapons has become easier than ever before, and this raises concerns about the increasing threat from CBRNe weapons that are propelling the growth in the CBRNe defense market in the years to come.
  • Technological developments in unmanned systems, especially the unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have demonstrated the potential of remotely operated capabilities in alleviating the risks to humans in hostile environments, resulted due to the CBRNe attacks. In terms of CBRNe defense missions, unmanned systems can perform a wide variety of tasks that range from reconnaissance and surveillance, to detection and decontamination.

Scope of the Report

Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats have collectively come to be known as CBRNe threats, and actualization of the threats as CBRNe incidents. These include attacks using NBC weapons, or otherwise called weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives defense are protective measures, which are taken in situations in which chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear warfare (including terrorism) hazards may be present. CBRNe defense consists of CBRNe passive protection, contamination avoidance, and CBRNe mitigation.

Simulation and Training
Civil and Law Enforcement
North America
United States
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Rest of Asia-Pacific
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Military Segment is Expected to Register the Highest CAGR during the Forecast Period

Currently, the military segment has the highest share out of all the segments. With growing threats from terrorists and a rise in political tensions, CBRNe weapons have emerged as a potential threat for several countries. Governments and defense departments of several nations are developing robust and effective countermeasures, in order to protect the public and military personnel from CBRNe weapons. Governments, along with many militaries, are developing the necessary framework for tackling the threats caused by CBRNe incidents. The main focus is on the protection of the military personnel against any vulnerable attacks. For instance, the Netherlands Army plans to procure new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicles for its fleet. The Netherlands army also plans to increase the operational lifespan of its 12 armored vehicles for CBRNe reconnaissance. The new reconnaissance capabilities are expected to enable the Royal Netherlands Army to effectively detect and identify all CBRNe-relevant substances. Moreover, many investments are being poured in the R&D of devices and equipment for countering CBRNe threats, all of which are expected to increase the revenues of this segment during the forecast period.

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North America is Anticipated to Witness the Highest Growth during the Forecast Period

The North American region currently has the highest market share in the CBRNe defense market, and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. The majority of demand for CBRNe defense systems in North America is generated from the United States, which has formulated National Strategy for CBRNe Standards for the coordination, prioritization, establishment, and implementation of CBRNe equipment standards by 2020. The country is also significantly investing in the development of R&D of CBRNe defense systems. For instance, in late 2017, the US Army awarded 170 companies a potential 10-year, USD 8.27 billion contract to help in R&D of CBRNe defense systems under the Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production and Procurement program. The investments in development and procurement plans of countries in North America are expected to propel the demand for advanced CBRNe defense equipment during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The CBRNe market is highly fragmented, with several players accounting for very small shares in the global market. The prominent players are Smiths Group, Rapiscan Systems, FLIR Systems Inc., and Avon Rubber PLC. With the increasing global demand, several companies have collaborated with research laboratories and institutions to develop advanced defense equipment or devices. Majority of the CBRNe defense programs are being funded by the government. The introduction of advanced technology robots for conducting of CBRNe missions, as well as strategies (such as focusing on building trust with the stakeholders, lowering of product costs, and increasing product awareness), shall lead to major players gaining traction in the market during the forecast period.

Major Players

  1. Leidos
  2. Smiths Group
  3. Rapiscan Systems
  4. FLIR Systems Inc.
  5. Avon Rubber PLC

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

the chemical biological radiological and nuclear weapon detection and decontamination market

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 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 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      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


    1. 5.1 Purpose

      1. 5.1.1 Detection

      2. 5.1.2 Protection

      3. 5.1.3 Decontamination

      4. 5.1.4 Simulation and Training

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Military

      2. 5.2.2 Civil and Law Enforcement

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Latin America

        1. Mexico

        2. Brazil

        3. Rest of Latin America

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Vietnam

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Israel

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Saudi Arabia

        4. Iraq

        5. Kenya

        6. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Argon Electronics

      2. 6.2.2 Avon Rubber PLC

      3. 6.2.3 Battelle (Battelle Memorial Institute)

      4. 6.2.4 Leidos

      5. 6.2.5 Blucher GmbH

      6. 6.2.6 FLIR Systems Inc.

      7. 6.2.7 Nexter Group - NBC-Sys

      8. 6.2.8 Karcher Futuretech GmbH

      9. 6.2.9 Chemring Group

      10. 6.2.10 Smiths Group

      11. 6.2.11 QinetiQ

      12. 6.2.12 Saab AB

      13. 6.2.13 Rapiscan Systems

      14. 6.2.14 Sandia National Laboratories*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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