Non-lethal Weapons Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

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 Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD billion).

Non-lethal Weapons Market Size

Non-lethal Weapons Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: 4.34 %

Major Players

Non-lethal Weapons Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Non-lethal Weapons Market Analysis

The non-lethal weapons industry is anticipated to register a CAGR of 4.34% during the forecast period (2022-2027). The market is expected to grow from USD 4.54 billion in 2021 to USD 5.89 billion in 2027.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has not significantly impacted the non-lethal weapons market's growth. In several countries, non-lethal weapons were used to disperse the crowd during the lockdowns. Protests related to racial unrest and Capitol attacks increased the purchase of non-lethal weapons in the United States, the largest market for non-lethal weapons.

Increasing armed violence and political tensions have resulted in governments worldwide taking precautions and arming the military and the police forces with non-lethal weapons. Instances of civilian violence and clashes with armed forces in the North American and the Asia-Pacific region have led to the deployment of non-lethal weapons.

These factors may continue to drive the demand for non-lethal weapons, as law enforcement agencies try to reduce fatalities and casualties in such events, which may help the market during the forecast period.

Lack of proper training on the use of non-lethal weapons has resulted in serious injuries. Restrictions on the use of non-lethal weapons by the governments and objections raised by human rights organizations have acted as a barrier to the full-scale adoption of non-lethal weapons.

Significant work on electroshock and directed energy weapons is underway, which is expected to bring a revolution in the field of non-lethal weapons in the future.

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. The non-lethal weapons used by the military are within the scope of the study. By type, the market is segmented into Area Denial, Ammunition, Explosives, Gases and Sprays, Directed Energy Weapons, and Electroshock Weapons. In terms of application, the market has been segmented into law enforcement and military. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the non-lethal weapons market in various countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD billion).

Area Denial
Rubber Bullets
Wax Bullets
Plastic Bullets
Bean Bag Rounds
Sponge Grenade
Flash Bang Grenades
Sting Grenades
Gases and Sprays
Water Canons
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
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Non-lethal Weapons Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Non-lethal Weapons Market according to our research experts:

The Military Segment to Exhibit the Highest Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

Although law enforcement agencies are avid users of non-lethal weapons currently, the role of armed forces or the military has changed significantly in recent years. Their involvement in policing the civilian populations has increased. In today’s world, military units are involved in ongoing international conflicts that bring them into direct contact with civilian populations. Soldiers deployed in humanitarian roles are subject to strict rules of engagement threat. This has 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 US Army recently introduced a new non-lethal weapon to support its soldiers in Afghanistan. PepperBall Technologies developed a new weapon known as the Variable Kinetic System (VKS). The weapon fires projectiles like paintballs containing a hot pepper solution. The projectiles have a range of around 50 yards, and the irritant contains 5% pelargonic acid vanillylamide (PAVA), along with a synthetic version of pepper spray. The weapon can carry up to 180 rounds in hopper mode. The Army awarded a USD 650,000 contract for the weapons and purchased 267 of the weapons that are currently used for training. Several other non-lethal weapons applications are being developed for the military. These include acoustic, microwave, infrared, radio frequency-based, and laser technologies. The development of such technologies is expected to drive the prospects of the segment in focus.

Non-lethal Weapons Market: Revenue Share (%), by Application, Global, 2021

Asia-Pacific will Register the Highest Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

The Asia-Pacific region's growth is expected to be the highest during the forecast period. With the escalating tensions along the borders and protests all over the country during the past few years, India's demand for less-lethal weapons increased. Occasional riots and civil unrest in other countries, such as demonstrations and protests in cities in Eastern China, often in connection with labor-related, environmental, and educational issues, have led to the police forces resorting to the use of non-lethal ammunition, which, collectively, may have a positive impact on the growth of the market. India's Border Security Force (BSF) uses various non-lethal weapons at the India-Bangladesh border to stop cross-border smuggling and illegal migration. Other armed forces in India, such as the Navy, Military, and Airforce, also use non-lethal weapons for various applications, considering their effectiveness. For instance, in December 2020, Bharat Electronics Limited signed a contract with the Indian Navy to supply 20 laser dazzlers. During the Hong Kong protest in 2020, police forces in China fired teargas to control the crowd gathered against Beijing's national security law. Players in the region are also developing newer non-lethal weapon systems for various end-users. For instance, in October 2021, Apastron Pvt Ltd, an Indian firm, announced that it developed non-lethal weapons for security forces inspired by traditional Indian weapons used in man-to-man combat. Such increased use of non-lethal weapons is expected to generate demand for new non-lethal weapons during the forecast period.

Non-lethal Weapons Market: Growth Rate by Region (2022 - 2027)

Non-lethal Weapons Industry Overview

The non-lethal ammunition market is highly fragmented, with a handful of players representing conventional non-lethal weapons. There are numerous manufacturers funded and supported by the government domestically capable of serving both sudden and long-term demands. Most of these manufacturers produce all types of explosives and ammunition (both lethal and non-lethal) for the military and law enforcement. Thus, they can increase focus on certain ammunition and improve production rate on short notice, as the supply chain is completely localized and supported by government funding and logistics. AMTEC Less lethal, Axon Enterprise, Lamperd Less Lethal, Rheinmetall AG, and Defense Technology were some of the major players, together accounting for a significant market share. Mergers and acquisitions between the market players in the recent past have helped the companies strengthen their market presence.

Non-lethal Weapons Market Leaders

  1. Axon Enterprise, Inc.

  2. AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc. (ALS)

  3. Rheinmetall AG

  4. Lamperd Less Lethal

  5. Defense Technology

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Non-lethal Weapons Market Concentration

Non-lethal Weapons Market News

  • In October 2021, an India-based firm, Apasteron Pvt Ltd, announced that it created non-lethal weapons inspired by Indian mythology to help combat in conditions where they cannot use deadly arms and ammunition. The weapons will be used by the Indian security forces deployed in the border regions.
  • In February 2021, San Jose (California, US) police announced the introduction of less-lethal weapons in place of guns, rubber bullets, and batons for crowd control. The weapons introduced include new TASER models, pepper gel, and tether launchers that can be used to restrain aggressors.

Non-lethal Weapons Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the 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 Type, 2021

    3. 3.3 Market Share by Use, 2021

    4. 3.4 Market Share by Region, 2021

    5. 3.5 Structure of the Market and Key Participants


    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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD billion, 2018 - 2027)

    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 Canons

        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. France

        3. Germany

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. India

        2. China

        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. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. South Africa

        4. 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.

      3. 6.2.3 Condor Non-Lethal Technologies

      4. 6.2.4 Fiocchi Munizioni SpA

      5. 6.2.5 FN HERSTAL

      6. 6.2.6 ISPRA Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Lamperd Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 Byrna Technologies Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 NonLethal Technologies Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 Pepperball

      11. 6.2.11 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      12. 6.2.12 Rheinmetall AG

      13. 6.2.13 RUAG Group

      14. 6.2.14 Axon Enterprise Inc.

      15. 6.2.15 Defense Technology

      16. 6.2.16 Zarc International


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Non-lethal Weapons Market Research FAQs

The Non-lethal Weapons Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Non-lethal Weapons Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.34% over the next 5 years.

The Non-lethal Weapons Market is valued at 4 Billion USD in 2018.

The Non-lethal Weapons Market is valued at 5 Billion USD in 2028.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Axon Enterprise, Inc., AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc. (ALS), Rheinmetall AG, Lamperd Less Lethal, Defense Technology are the major companies operating in Non-lethal Weapons Market.

Non-lethal Weapons Industry Report

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