Military Laser Systems Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Military Laser Systems Market Report is Segmented by Technology (solid-State Lasers, Gas Lasers, and Others), Application (directed Energy Weapons, Guidance Systems, Laser Sights, Designators and Rangefinders, and Others), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecasts for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

Military Laser Systems Market Size

Military Laser Systems Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 5.57 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 8.61 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 9.09 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Military Laser Systems Market Major Players

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Military Laser Systems Market Analysis

The Military Laser Systems Market size is estimated at USD 5.57 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 8.61 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 9.09% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Due to escalating geopolitical issues, the military is deploying cutting-edge laser systems onboard with a variety of platforms to support the combat and non-combat needs of military personnel. The growing demand for such systems from the global armed forces for integration into a variety of weapons is propelling the market for military laser systems. The adoption of such systems is also being fueled by their inherent advantages, which include high accuracy, rapid traversal, and affordability.

However, the inherent capital-intensive nature of the defense electronics industry due to the high associated costs for R&D and procurement of the systems is expected to hinder the growth of the market focus during the forecast period.

The advent of hypersonic weaponry is expected to profoundly affect the targeting technologies of the current generation of defense systems. Energy weapons also require superior cooling technologies to remain active for a longer duration without damaging the circuitry of the surrounding systems.

Military Laser Systems Market Trends

Directed Energy Weapons Segment Projected to Exhibit the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

Directed energy weapons (DEWs) offer a more cost-effective, high-speed, highly accurate method of countering aerial threats compared to using a highly expensive missile to destroy moderate-level threats, like small drones. The existing DEWs are focused on defensive functions such as safeguarding critical facilities against missiles, drones, and boats. Defense firms and organizations are investing in R&D to expand the current applications of DEWs.

The directed energy weapons segment will see a surge in the future owing to the arms race between the global military powerhouses. DEWs are expected to be equipped with combat platforms and deployed along with conventional weapons by 2025. The US gradually began to install the laser defense weapon system HELIOS (High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-Dazzler with Surveillance) on its destroyers in 2021. These systems will enhance the defense against hypersonic projectiles that can evade even the AEGIS missile defense system, thereby strengthening the aerial defense capabilities of the military.

Additionally, in September 2021, the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded three contracts to deploy directed energy weapons, including radio-frequency systems and high-power lasers, with the Royal Navy and the British Army. The UK MoD planned to spend up to GBP 130 million (USD 165 million) on the development of three directed energy weapons, with initial deployment in 2023. The deliveries are currently underway. The armed forces are investing in the integration of advanced weapon systems, such as directed energy weapons on board the vehicles, which is driving the growth of the market. Such developments are expected to propel the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Military Laser Systems Market: Defense Spending of Top 5 Nations, in USD Billion, by Country, Global, 2022

North America to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

North America is anticipated to show remarkable growth during the forecast period. The region's defense industry is mature and strongly supported by a robust R&D infrastructure. The US Department of Defense (DoD) requested around USD 669 million in FY2023 for unclassified research, testing, and evaluation and another USD 345 million for unclassified procurement.

The country put forth several programs in recent years aimed at developing laser-based weapon technologies. The military is currently aiming to install various laser-based weapon and defense systems on ground vehicles, ships, as well as aircraft. In September 2022, the US Army tested its first high-energy laser weapon from defense contractors Northrop Grumman Corporation and RTX Corporation. It was to validate short-range air defense (SHORAD) against a series of simulated threats and combat scenarios.

Additionally, the US Army is also developing the most powerful laser weapon to date under the Indirect Fires Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) program. The US military is already using 100kW-150kW laser weapons and is developing more poerful 300kW laser weapons to counter supersonic cruise missiles. Such developments are expected to boost the market growth of North America during the forecast period.

Military Laser Systems Market: Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2023

Military Laser Systems Industry Overview

The military laser systems market is semi-consolidated and marked by prominent players, including Lockheed Martin Corporation, MBDA, the Boeing Company, RTX Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, among others. The growing adoption of military laser systems globally is accredited to growing collaboration and partnerships between various defense manufacturers.

Laser technologies are increasing in the military, with a lot of scope for innovation. Players are developing several types of advanced laser systems to attract new customers. In this regard, in April 2022, Israel tested the Iron Beam, a new laser-based air defense system capable of destroying aerial threats like UAVs, missiles, rockets, etc. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems developed the Iron Beam. The development of such technologies will help the growth of the players in the market during the forecast period.

Military Laser Systems Market Leaders

  1. Lockheed Martin Corporation

  2. The Boeing Company

  3. Northrop Grumman Corporation

  4. MBDA

  5. RTX Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Military Laser Systems Market Concentration
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Military Laser Systems Market News

  • June 2023: RTX Corporation delivered the fourth combat-ready laser weapon to the US Air Force. The new palletized laser weapon was the first 10 KW laser built to US military specifications in a stand-alone configuration that can be moved and mounted anywhere it's needed.
  • April 2023: The US Department of Defence (DoD) selected NUBURU Inc. of Centennial for a position on the multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the fabrication and delivery of prototypes and equipment in support of solid-state high-energy laser (HEL) weapon systems. NUBURU Inc. conducts research, development, design, and manufacturing of high-power, high-brightness blue lasers.
  • March 2023: Blighter Surveillance Systems was awarded a contract to supply Raytheon UK with its multi-mode A800 3D e-scan radars as part of a laser weapon project with the UK MoD.

Military Laser Systems Market Report - 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 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      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 Technology

      1. 5.1.1 Solid State Lasers

      2. 5.1.2 Gas Lasers

      3. 5.1.3 Others

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Directed Energy Weapons

      2. 5.2.2 Guidance Systems

      3. 5.2.3 Laser Sights, Designators and Rangefinders

      4. 5.2.4 Others

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Israel

        4. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 RTX Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.

      4. 6.2.4 The Boeing Company

      5. 6.2.5 Rheinmetall AG

      6. 6.2.6 MBDA

      7. 6.2.7 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      8. 6.2.8 Leidos, Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 IAI

      10. 6.2.10 BAE Systems plc

      11. 6.2.11 THALES

      12. 6.2.12 Elbit Systems Ltd.


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Military Laser Systems Industry Segmentation

Military laser systems are either direct diode sources or DPSS lasers with a rugged design that can withstand the extensive shock and vibrations of deployment in harsh conditions. They are used in a variety of applications, such as night vision equipment, targeting systems, distraction devices, and psychological warfare, to dazzle and confuse the enemy.

The military laser systems market is segmented based on technology, end-user, and geography. By technology, the market is segmented into solid-state lasers, gas lasers, and others. The other technologies segment includes semiconductor, chemical, and dye lasers, among others. By end-user, the market is segmented into directed energy weapons, guidance systems, laser sights, designators and rangefinders, and others. The other applications segment includes offensive laser systems, distraction devices, and laser countermeasure systems. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the military laser systems market in major countries across different regions. For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

Solid State Lasers
Gas Lasers
Directed Energy Weapons
Guidance Systems
Laser Sights, Designators and Rangefinders
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Military Laser Systems Market Research FAQs

The Military Laser Systems Market size is expected to reach USD 5.57 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 9.09% to reach USD 8.61 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Military Laser Systems Market size is expected to reach USD 5.57 billion.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, MBDA and RTX Corporation are the major companies operating in the Military Laser Systems Market.

Asia Pacific 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 Military Laser Systems Market.

In 2023, the Military Laser Systems Market size was estimated at USD 5.06 billion. The report covers the Military Laser Systems Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Military Laser Systems Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Military Laser Systems Industry Report

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Military Laser Systems Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)