Medium Caliber Ammunition Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Market is Segmented by Application (Lethal, Non-lethal) and Geography.

Market Snapshot

medium-caliber-ammunition-market_Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Middle East and Africa
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >1.5 %

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Market Overview

The medium caliber ammunition market is estimated to register a CAGR of over 1.5% during the forecast period.

  • Uncertainties in territorial rights between many countries, such as the Saudi-Iran cold war in the Middle-East, are among the major causes disturbing the geopolitical climate. The most common reaction of governments is to increase military spending to improve the national security of their respective countries. Since ammunition, of all types and calibers, play a major role in defense operations, the increased spending acts as a major driver for the market.
  • Terrorist activities have been on the rise, becoming the most pressing issue for decision-makers dealing with diplomatic and military operations. Countries, like Iraq, Syria, Africa, and Pakistan, have been highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks in the past couple of years. This has increased the procurement of ammunition by the respective armed forces.
  • Few countries follow a protectionist strategy to protect the domestic ammunition industry against foreign monopoly. Such laws and regulations serve as a deterrent for foreign companies trying to expand into other countries.


Scope of the Report

The medium caliber ammunition include 40mm, 30mm, 25mm, and 20mm high-explosive (HE), armor-piercing (AP), illumination, smoke, anti-personnel, and training cartridges that have the capability to defeat light armor, material, and personnel targets. These ammunitions provide point - and area - target engagement via medium handheld and crew-served weapons. The scope of the report also includes the medium caliber ammunition used in non-lethal weapons.

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Key Market Trends

The Non-lethal Segment is Expected to Experience the Fastest Growth

Currently, the lethal segment dominates the market in terms of revenue share. However, the non-lethal segment is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The increasing preference for non-lethal weapons by riot control forces and law enforcement agencies to reduce the collateral damage is expected to be a major driving factor for this segment to grow at a higher CAGR compared to the lethal segment. 

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Asia-Pacific and Middle-East and Africa are Expected to Generate the Highest Demand

As of 2019, Asia-Pacific held the highest market share, followed by North America, primarily due to the increasing demand for ammunition in countries, like India, China, Japan, and South Korea. Major countries in the Asia-Pacific region have increased their defense spending in the past year, focused on strengthening their armed forces against growing geopolitical tensions and terror threats. However, the demand is expected to shift toward the Middle-East and African countries. The present geopolitical scenario in these nations demands that ammunition purchases be on the governments’ priority list, and the trend is expected to continue in the forecast period. Due to political instability in its neighboring countries (Iraq to the north, Iran across the Persian Gulf, and Yemen to the south), all posing significant threats and housing strong Islamic movements, Saudi Arabia was the second-largest importer of arms during 2013 – 2017, with a global share of 10%. The share is expected to increase further in the coming years.

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Competitive Landscape

The market is dominated by global defense systems and technology providers, such as General Dynamics Corporation, BAE Systems PLC, and Rheinmetall AG. The majority of the geographic regions have local players who are equally strong, providing smaller sub-systems of a larger network/project in partnership with the global leaders. Over the years, the local players have mastered technology and product design, and they are expected to become threats to the existing large players who have been demanding monopoly style prices for their products and services in exchange for brand value, reliability, and quality. Local players in North America, the Middle-East, and Asia are particularly threatening the global leaders as they aim to provide an all-round solution at a fraction of the cost quoted by these global leaders without compromising on quality or reliability. Furthermore, keeping in view the sanctions made by the United States against Russia and China, countries in the region are aggressively producing medium caliber ammunitions to meet their needs without the support of international manufacturers, to avoid the situation of Russia and China, in the future.

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 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Lethal

      2. 5.1.2 Non-lethal

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Italy

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Colombia

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Qatar

        5. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 General Dynamics Corporation

      2. 6.2.2 BAE Systems PLC

      3. 6.2.3 Rheinmetall AG

      4. 6.2.4 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Nammo AS

      6. 6.2.6 Denel SOC Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Nexter Systems KNDS

      8. 6.2.8 Mesko

      9. 6.2.9 CBC


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Medium Caliber Ammunition Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Medium Caliber Ammunition Market is growing at a CAGR of >1.5% over the next 5 years.

Middle East and Africa is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

General Dynamics Corporation, BAE Systems plc, Rheinmetall AG, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Nammo AS are the major companies operating in Medium Caliber Ammunition Market.

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