Non-lethal Weapons Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Non-Lethal Weapons Market is Segmented by Type (Area Denial, Ammunition, Explosives, Gases and Sprays, Directed Energy Weapons, and Electroshock Weapons), Application (Law Enforcement and Military), and 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).

Non-lethal Weapons Market Size

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Non-lethal Weapons Market Summary
Study Period 2024 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 8.18 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 10.62 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.36 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Non-lethal Weapons Market Analysis

The Non-lethal Weapons Market size is estimated at USD 8.18 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 10.62 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.36% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The non-lethal weapons market witnessed unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic led to various private and commercial security industries owing to the imposed restrictions and lockdowns that were implemented by various governments across the world. In addition, amid the coronavirus pandemic, several riots and conflicts with the government were witnessed across various parts of the world. Law enforcement agencies had to make use of non-lethal weapons to control the situation. Moreover, the pandemic led to an accelerated shift towards the adoption of non-lethal technologies for crowd control and dispersal worldwide. It will lead to growth in the market during the forecast period.

Increasing armed violence and political tensions resulted in governments worldwide taking precautions and arming the military and police forces with non-lethal weapons. Moreover, the rising instances of civilian violence and clashes with armed forces in various parts of the world also led to a growth in non-lethal weapons worldwide.

There is a rise in the demand for non-lethal weapons due to their advanced features and ability to control riot situations without causing casualties. It enabled defense organizations and key players to improve their product portfolios with advanced technologies such as laser interdiction systems, long-range acoustic devices, enhanced underwater loudhailers, flash-bang grenades, acoustic hailing devices, and modular crowd control munitions, amongst others.

Non-lethal Weapons Market Trends

Military Segment is Anticipated to Grow with the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

The increase in the defense expenditure of various countries, the growing number of border disputes, and frequent clashes of civilians with the police as well as the military, which come under direct contact with the civilians during clashes, are the main factors that will lead to an increase in various countries worldwide acquiring non-lethal weapons. It will also lead to the growth in the market in the near future.

Currently, there is a growth in the number of violent clashes in various parts of the world, which led to an increase in the involvement of police forces and sometimes the military as well. Soldiers deployed in humanitarian roles are subject to strict rules of engagement threat. It generated the need for less lethal bullets and ammunition for use in perimeter security, crowd and riot control, and pilfering situations. Militaries are prepared to operate in the MOOTW (Military Operations Other Than War), where the use of lethal force is not permissible. With rubber bullets, batons, foam, bean bag rounds, and sponges failing to serve their less-lethal purpose effectively, there is a growing demand for weapons that can fulfill the goal of pain compliance without the risk of fatality.

The military holds a variety of nonlethal weapons to use in different situations, such as the M5 modular crowd control munition, Pulsed Energy Projectile, the Plasma Acoustic Shield System, shotgun tasers, 40 mm sponge grenades, rubber ball hand grenade, and the High-Capacity Oleoresin Capsicum Dispenser. Moreover, new complex situations with fighters operating among civilians are challenging conventional warfare and require new responsive technologies. It led to NATO sponsoring a Non-Lethal Technology Exercise in September 2016, which Belgium organized to practice the use and assess the military utility of non-lethal weapons in land operations. Moreover, there is an increase in terms of investments in research and development of advanced non-lethal weapons for the military worldwide.

Non-Lethal Weapons Market - Countries with the highest military spending worldwide, in USD billion, 2022

Asia-Pacific to Showcase Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

Increasing expenditure on the development of advanced non-lethal weapons by various countries in the Asia-Pacific region will lead to the market witnessing significant growth during the forecast period.

China is witnessing a significant increase in the development of non-lethal weapons owing to the increase in the presence of several market players in China, which invest heavily in research and development of advanced non-lethal weapon systems. China is also engaged in the development of advanced non-lethal weapons to subdue the increasing number of clashes within the country. For instance, in April 2023, China unveiled a new electromagnetic gun that fires coin-shaped bullets to be used for riot control. The weapon uses electromagnetic force rather than gunpowder, which allows users to vary the speed and force of the bullets.

Moreover, the gun, which is known as the CS/LW21 handheld electromagnetic launcher, is stated to be jointly developed by China North Industries Group Corporation Limited and other technology teams. The barrel of the gun is designed to fit a scope easily. A display screen at the front provides information such as the battery level, rail temperature, bullet capacity, frequency, and firing mode. A double-chamber magazine allows for continuous firing and swift reloading.

The country of India is also witnessing significant growth in terms of non-lethal weapons. There is an increase in the development of advanced non-lethal weapons in India owing to the fact that various players in India are now exploring the capabilities of non-lethal weapons. It received various contracts or entered into partnerships with other companies to develop advanced non-lethal weapons for the Indian defense forces. For instance, in October 2021, Apastron Private Limited, a firm based out of Noida, India, announced that they developed non-lethal weapons for security forces inspired by traditional Indian weapons used in man-to-man combat. The need for such non-lethal weapons was felt after Chinese soldiers used wired sticks and tasers against Indian soldiers. Such developments render a positive growth outlook for the market in the region during the forecast period.

Non-lethal Weapons Market - Growth Rate by Region (2023 - 2028)

Non-lethal Weapons Industry Overview

The non-lethal weapons market is fragmented in nature, with various players holding significant shares in the market. Some prominent market players are AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems Inc., Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI), Lampard Less Lethal, RTX Corporation, and Safariland, LLC.

The key players in the market are focusing on the development of advanced non-lethal weapons, which will be delivered to various key players in the market. Growing expenditure on the development of advanced non-lethal weapons with new technologies will lead to creating better opportunities in the near future.

Moreover, various manufacturers are now developing technologies such as Laser interdiction systems, long-range acoustic devices, enhanced underwater loudhailers, flash-bang grenades, acoustic hailing devices, and modular crowd control munitions, which will lead to market growth during the forecast period.

Non-lethal Weapons Market Leaders

  1. AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems Inc.

  2. Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI)

  3. Lampard Less Lethal

  4. Safariland, LLC.

  5. RTX Corporation

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Non-lethal Weapons Market News

  • May 2023: The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) Sentinel-class maritime security and response vessels (MSRVs) announced that they are being equipped with Sitep Italia's multirole acoustic stabilized system (MASS). Moreover, the system will be installed across all four vessels in the Sentinel class. 
  • January 2022: KWESST Micro Systems Inc., which is a market leader in providing next-generation tactical systems for security forces and personal defense, announced that they will launch a new product. The new product, which is a non-lethal Low Energy Cartridge System, will be marketed under the brand name Para Ops. Moreover, the activation of such a system will transform both the non-lethal personal defense category and the broader law enforcement industry.

Non-lethal Weapons 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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Area Denial

        1. Anti-vehicle

        2. Anti-personnel

      2. 5.1.2 Ammunition

        1. Rubber Bullets

        2. Wax Bullets

        3. Plastic Bullets

        4. Bean Bag Rounds

        5. Sponge Grenade

      3. 5.1.3 Explosives

        1. Flash Bang Grenades

        2. Sting Grenades

      4. 5.1.4 Gases and Sprays

        1. Water Cannons

        2. Scent-based Weapons

        3. Teargas

        4. Pepper Spray

      5. 5.1.5 Directed Energy Weapons

      6. 5.1.6 Electroshock Weapons

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Law Enforcement

      2. 5.2.2 Military

    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. 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. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Egypt

        4. Qatar

        5. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI)


      4. 6.2.4 Fiocchi Munizioni S.p.A.

      5. 6.2.5 Herstal Group

      6. 6.2.6 ISPRA

      7. 6.2.7 Lamperd Less Lethal

      8. 6.2.8 Byrna Technologies Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 NonLethal Technologies, Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 UTS United Tactical Systems, LLC (Pepperball)

      11. 6.2.11 RTX Corporation

      12. 6.2.12 Rheinmetall AG

      13. 6.2.13 RUAG International Holding Ltd.

      14. 6.2.14 Axon Enterprise, Inc.

      15. 6.2.15 Safariland, LLC

      16. 6.2.16 Zarc International, Inc.


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Non-lethal Weapons Industry Segmentation

Non-lethal weapons are weapons that can cause pain/irritation/uneasiness to any of the human senses without any permanent damage to any of the sensory or bodily functions. Non-lethal weapons may be used by conventional military in a range of missions across the force continuum. They may also be used by the police and also by occupation forces for peacekeeping and stability operations. Non-lethal weapons may also be used to channel a battlefield, control the movement of civilian populations, or limit civilian access to restricted areas.

The non-lethal weapons market is segmented based on type, application, and geography. By type, the market is segmented into area denial, ammunition, explosives, gases and sprays, directed energy weapons, and electroshock weapons). By application, the market is segmented into law enforcement and military. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the non-lethal weapons market in major countries across different regions. For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

Area Denial
Rubber Bullets
Wax Bullets
Plastic Bullets
Bean Bag Rounds
Sponge Grenade
Flash Bang Grenades
Sting Grenades
Gases and Sprays
Water Cannons
Scent-based Weapons
Pepper Spray
Directed Energy Weapons
Electroshock Weapons
Law Enforcement
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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Non-lethal Weapons Market Research FAQs

The Non-lethal Weapons Market size is expected to reach USD 8.18 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 5.36% to reach USD 10.62 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Non-lethal Weapons Market size is expected to reach USD 8.18 billion.

AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems Inc., Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI), Lampard Less Lethal, Safariland, LLC. and RTX Corporation are the major companies operating in the Non-lethal Weapons 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 Non-lethal Weapons Market.

In 2023, the Non-lethal Weapons Market size was estimated at USD 7.74 billion. The report covers the Non-lethal Weapons Market historical market size for years: . The report also forecasts the Non-lethal Weapons Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Non-lethal Weapons Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)