Mortar Ammunition Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Mortar Ammunition Market has been segmented by Caliber Type (Light Caliber, Medium Caliber, Heavy Caliber), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD million).

Market Snapshot

mortar ammunition market
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4.9 %

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Market Overview

The Mortar Ammunition Market was valued at USD 74.25 million in 2021 and is projected to grow to USD 120.98 million by 2031 registering a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period (2022-2031).

The impact of COVID-19 on the overall market revenue is deemed to be less. However, the lockdown imposed by the governments in the major countries has caused disruptions in the supply chain which led to manufacturing delays in 2020. On the other hand, although the overall global defense spending is on an increasing trend till 2020, developing countries that are facing an economic crisis might opt for a reduction in defense spending levels in the coming years, which might hamper the procurement of new mortar systems and related ammunition.

Several countries are expending significant resources toward augmenting their current military prowess, by procuring new weapon systems or modernizing their existing deployed systems with advanced ammunition rounds. The growth in territorial issues has also propelled the procurement of mortar systems by the land forces over the years.

Mortars are now witnessing rejuvenated demand due to new technology integration and enhanced scope of deployment by both infantry and artillery units of global armed forces. Several new mortar development programs are underway to develop lighter but deadlier mortar ammunition with an enhanced range. Furthermore, investments are being made into development of precision guided mortar ammunition. Such investments are anticipated to open new prospects for the market in the coming future.

Scope of the Report

A mortar is an artillery weapon that fires explosive shells in high-arching ballistic trajectories. In typical engagement scenarios, mortars are generally deemed as indirect fire weapons and are utilized for close fire support. By caliber type, the market of mortar ammunition is segmented into Light Caliber, Medium Caliber, and Heavy Caliber. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the mortar ammunition market in various countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD million).

Caliber Type
Light Caliber
Medium Caliber
Heavy Caliber
North America
United States
By Caliber Type
By Caliber Type
United Kingdom
By Caliber Type
By Caliber Type
By Caliber Type
Rest of Europe
By Caliber Type
By Caliber Type
By Caliber Type
South Korea
By Caliber Type
By Caliber Type
Rest of Asia-Pacific
By Caliber Type
Latin America
By Caliber Type
Rest of Latin America
By Caliber Type
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
By Caliber Type
United Arab Emirates
By Caliber Type
South Africa
By Caliber Type
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
By Caliber Type

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Key Market Trends

Heavy Caliber Segment is Expected to Witness Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The heavy-caliber segment of the market is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. Mortar ammunition with a caliber size of 100 mm and above are classified as heavy caliber mortars. Conventional heavy-caliber mortars have a range of 7,200m to 9,500m and can carry an explosive payload of 1.2kg to 4.2kg, depending on the size of the mortar. Heavy mortars are generally used to level enemy strongholds and decommission armored vehicles. Several nations across the globe have procurement programs underway as part of their extensive weaponry modernization program. For instance, in November 2021, the Estonian National Defense Investment Centre announced that it has ordered an undisclosed number of 120mm mortar systems from the sole bidder Elbit Systems of Israel, under a framework agreement worth up to USD 17.27 million. As part of the contract, Elbit will also provide lifecycle support for the systems with the Estonian Army. The rise in demand has fostered extensive innovations in the heavy caliber mortar segment. For instance, in March 2021, Israel unveiled a laser-guided mortar system that could reduce civilian collateral damage, according to the company. The "Iron Sting" system, developed by the Israeli military with local firm Elbit Systems, will use laser and GPS technology to provide maximal accuracy to 120mm mortar rounds. Such developments and procurement orders of advanced munitions is expected to accelerate the growth of this segment during the forecast period.

mortar ammunition market segmentation

Asia-Pacific Accounted for a Major Share in the Mortar Ammunition Market in 2021

The Asia-Pacific region is currently dominating the market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Countries in the region such as China, India, and South Korea among others have been rapidly increasing their military spending over the past few years due to the ongoing geopolitical tensions in the region. China and India have increased their military expenditures by more than 25% and 30%, respectively during the period of 2015 – 2020. With such a growth in defense expenditure, these countries have been investing in the development and procurement of newer generation mortar systems and related ammunition. In March 2021, the Indian Army decommissioned two of the longest-serving artillery systems, the 130mm self-propelled M-46 catapult guns and 160mm Tampella Mortars from service, to make way for newer equipment employing the latest technologies. The procurement of new mortar systems is also expected to generate demand for related ammunition during the forecast period. The growing focus on indigenous development of mortar systems is projected to drive the growth of the market in the region. In July 2021, the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has begun deploying an upgraded version of its locally developed 81 mm mortar system. The mortar system uses advancec technologies like laser and Global Positioning System (GPS) to identify the target locations and calculate the mortar settings, thereby increasing the speed and accuracy with which rounds can be delivered. Along with the procurement of advanced mortar systems, countries are also acquiring advanced ammunition for the mortar systems. In April 2019, Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded a contract worth USD 30 million to supply STYLET, a precise Guided Mortar Munition (GMM), to an undisclosed customer in Asia-Pacific region. The deliveries of the munitions were completed in 2022. STYLET is a multimode GPS/INS guided 120 mm GMM with a range of 1,000-8,500 m that is designed for tactical combat units and Special-Forces. Such investments and procurement of advanced precision guided mortar ammunition is anticipated to bolster the growth of the market in Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The major players in the mortar ammunition market are Elbit Systems Ltd, BAE Systems plc, Nammo AS, General Dynamics Corporation, and Saab AB. Companies are collaborating on the development of new ammunition and exploring new market opportunities. For instance, companies like Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, SAMI, and Hanwha Defense have entered into collaborations in recent years for producing different kinds of ammunitions including mortars. Such collaborations are expected to help them increase their market presence and share in global markets during the forecast period. Advancements in mortar ammunition capabilities, like range, precision, and lethality are the major factors for manufacturers to attract new customers, while the partnership with other manufacturers to locally produce munitions will allow them to enter new markets during the forecast period. Local players from several countries are expected to enter the market in the coming years, driven by the growing push for the localization of military equipment. This is expected to increase the competition in the market in the years to come.

Recent Developments

  • In May 2021, the Romanian MoD announced that it is seeking industry proposals to provide 82mm and 120mm mortar bombs. The ministry is looking for a single contractor to fulfill an initial four-year contract worth an estimated USD 10.68 million, for up to 12,960 rounds of 82mm ammunition and a maximum of 8,824 120mm bombs.
  • In November 2020, Rheinmetall Denel Munition, a joint venture between Rheinmetall Group and Denel SOC, was awarded a multi-million contract by the South African Army, to procure both conventional and long-range variants of the 60 mm mortar ammunition, including high explosives, practice, illumination, and smoke burst screening smoke mortar cartridges. The deliveries are scheduled to be made by the end of 2021.
  • In November 2020, BAE Systems signed a deal with the UK Ministry of Defense to supply munitions worth USD 3.2 billion over 15 years for the British military. As part of the Next Generation Munitions Solution (NGMS) program, BAE Systems will produce 39 different munitions for the armed services from five different sites across the United Kingdom. Small-arms ammunition, mortars, tank shells, medium-caliber gun rounds, and heavy artillery rounds are included in the delivery schedule, which starts at the end of 2022. According to the MoD estimate, BAE Systems will produce 75,000 mortar rounds annually.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of Study

    3. 1.3 Currency Conversion Rates for USD



    1. 3.1 Market Size and Forecast, Global, 2018 - 2027

    2. 3.2 Market Share by Caliber Type, 2021

    3. 3.3 Market Share by Geography, 2021

    4. 3.4 Market Drivers and Restraints

    5. 3.5 Structure of the Market and Key Participants

    6. 3.6 Expert Opinion on Mortar Ammunition Market


    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Indicators

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

    5. 4.5 Market Trends

    6. 4.6 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.6.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD billion, 2018 - 2031)

    1. 5.1 Caliber Type

      1. 5.1.1 Light Caliber

      2. 5.1.2 Medium Caliber

      3. 5.1.3 Heavy Caliber

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

          1. By Caliber Type

        2. Canada

          1. By Caliber Type

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

          1. By Caliber Type

        2. France

          1. By Caliber Type

        3. Germany

          1. By Caliber Type

        4. Rest of Europe

          1. By Caliber Type

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

          1. By Caliber Type

        2. India

          1. By Caliber Type

        3. South Korea

          1. By Caliber Type

        4. Japan

          1. By Caliber Type

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

          1. By Caliber Type

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

        1. Mexico

          1. By Caliber Type

        2. Rest of Latin America

          1. By Caliber Type

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

          1. By Caliber Type

        2. United Arab Emirates

          1. By Caliber Type

        3. South Africa

          1. By Caliber Type

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

          1. By Caliber Type


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Elbit Systems Ltd

      2. 6.2.2 General Dynamics Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Nexter Systems SA

      4. 6.2.4 BAE Systems PLC

      5. 6.2.5 Rheinmetall AG

      6. 6.2.6 Saab AB

      7. 6.2.7 Nammo AS

      8. 6.2.8 Denel SOC Ltd

      9. 6.2.9 Hirtenberger Defence Systems GmbH & Co. KG

      10. 6.2.10 Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

      11. 6.2.11 Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK)

      12. 6.2.12 ARSENAL JSCo.

      13. 6.2.13 Hanwha Corporation


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Mortar Ammunition Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Mortar Ammunition Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.9% over the next 5 years.

The Mortar Ammunition Market is valued at 74 Million USD in 2018.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Elbit Systems Ltd, BAE Systems plc, Saab AB, Nammo AS, General Dynamics Corporation are the major companies operating in Mortar Ammunition Market.

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