Programmable Ammunition Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Programmable Ammunition Market is Segmented by Caliber (Medium-Caliber and Large-Caliber), Type (Guided and Target Sensing), Detonation Type (Time Programmable, Impact Self-Destruct, Proximity, and Remote Wireless), 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).

Programmable Ammunition Market Size

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Programmable Ammunition Market Summary
Study Period 2019-2029
Market Size (2024) USD 3.18 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 4.25 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.99 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

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Programmable Ammunition Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Programmable Ammunition Market Analysis

The Programmable Ammunition Market size is estimated at USD 3.18 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 4.25 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.99% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • The programmable ammunition market is poised to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The rising demand for precision-guided munitions and the need to minimize collateral damage in military operations are among the factors that will lead to noteworthy growth in the future. 
  • Furthermore, technological advancements in terms of miniaturization and growing developments in sensor technology, as well as communication systems, will lead to the market witnessing growth in the years to come. 
  • On the other hand, the high development costs of programmable ammunition will hamper the market's growth in the long run. Additionally, an increase in cross-domain integration will create new business opportunities, leading to significant market growth in the near future.

Programmable Ammunition Market Trends

Medium Caliber Segment Will Showcase Remarkable Growth During the Forecast Period

  • Medium caliber ammunition includes 20 mm, 25 mm, 30 mm, and 40 mm armor-piercing rounds. These possess the capability to defeat light armor, materials, as well as personnel targets. The significant growth in the number of active defense personnel globally, coupled with the changing nature of modern warfare, has led to an increase in the demand for the acquisition of technologically advanced medium-caliber ammunition by the global defense forces. 
  • Moreover, various manufacturers of medium caliber ammunition, in recent years, have increased their efforts to integrate advanced technologies such as sensors, microprocessors, and communication systems to meet the requirements of the global defense forces. For instance, in January 2023, Rheinmetall announced receiving contracts worth USD 32 million with two European NATO customers to supply their armed forces with 40mm ammunition. Under the contracts, Rheinmetall would supply 300,000 rounds of 40mm ammunition, including low and high-velocity variants, and 45,000 programmable cartridges in 40mm x 53 HV HE-T ABM (High-velocity High Explosive-Tracer Airburst Munition) caliber in the first half of 2024 to the same customer. 
  • Moreover, the other European NATO customers will be supplied with around 10,000 rounds of the same type of ammunition to be used in combat drones. Therefore, the growth in the acquisition of technologically advanced programmable medium caliber ammunition for global military modernization will lead to the market witnessing significant growth during the forecast period.
Programmable Ammunition Market: Programmable Ammunitions Market: Largest Armies Ranked by Active Military Personnel, in Millions, Global, 2022

North America to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

  • North America held the highest shares in the market. It continued its domination during the forecast period, driven by factors such as the growth in defense expenditure within the region and the increasing need to acquire technologically advanced ammunition to strengthen defense capabilities, providing a boost to the programmable ammunition market in North America.
  • According to the data presented by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the defense expenditure of the US amounted to USD 876.94 billion in 2022. The changing nature of global warfare has led various defense ammunition manufacturing companies within the North American region to invest heavily in terms of research to develop new-generation advanced ammunition that supports the requirements of the defense forces.
  • For instance, in October 2023, Northrop Gruman announced that the US Navy awarded them a development contract for the newly designed 57mm guided high explosive ammunition, which is designated to be used with the Mk110 Naval Gun Mount. Moreover, the guided ammunition can maneuver in-flight and features an on-board seeker, which helps to pinpoint moving targets and incorporates a fuze that can self-select for either proximity or point-detonation mode to defeat the intended target.
Programmable Ammunition Market: Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2023

Programmable Ammunition Industry Overview

The programmable ammunition market is fragmented, with various players such as BAE Systems plc, Rheinmetall AG, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Nammo AS, and RTX Corporation vying for a larger market share on a global scale. These major players are now engaged in the development of technologically advanced programmable ammunitions, leading to product differentiation and helping defense forces worldwide gain a competitive edge amidst the changing global warfare scenario.

Furthermore, companies are also focusing on partnering with various defense forces worldwide to increase their customer base and capture significant market share. Moreover, the integration of advanced sensors for ammunition will also lead to generating huge opportunities for new players to enter the market, thereby driving market growth during the forecast period.

Programmable Ammunition Market Leaders

  1. BAE Systems, plc

  2. Rheinmetall AG

  3. Nammo AS

  4. RTX Corporation

  5. Northrop Grumman Corporation

  6. BAE Systems plc

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Programmable Ammunition Market News

  • September 2023: The Serbian Military Technical Institute (MTI) unveiled a new iteration of the Pasars-16 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun and missile system. This updated variant incorporates a range of advanced weapon systems and is armed with a single-barrel 40 mm L/70 Bofors autocannon.
  • April 2023: The US Army revealed its intentions to initiate the development of innovative ammunition capable of programmatically neutralizing small unmanned aircraft systems and ground vehicle targets. The XM1223 Multi-Mode Proximity Airburst (MMPA) will serve as a high-explosive proximity ammunition, playing a crucial role in the Manoeuvre-Short Range Air Defense Increment 3.

Programmable Ammunition 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 Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      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 Caliber

      1. 5.1.1 Medium-Caliber

      2. 5.1.2 Large-Caliber

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Guided

      2. 5.2.2 Target Sensing

    3. 5.3 Detonation Type

      1. 5.3.1 Time Programmable

      2. 5.3.2 Impact Self-Destruct

      3. 5.3.3 Proximity

      4. 5.3.4 Remote Wireless

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Qatar

        4. Rest of Middle East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 BAE Systems plc

      2. 6.2.2 Rheinmetall AG

      3. 6.2.3 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 Nammo AS

      5. 6.2.5 ASELSAN A.Ş.

      6. 6.2.6 Fuchs Electronics (Pty) Ltd.

      7. 6.2.7 JUNGHANS Microtec GmbH

      8. 6.2.8 RTX Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Nexter Systems (KNDS)

      10. 6.2.10 Leonardo S.p.A.

      11. 6.2.11 General Dynamics Corporation


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Programmable Ammunition Industry Segmentation

Programmable ammunition incorporates various cutting-edge new-generation technologies as well as electronics in traditional ammunition thereby revolutionizing the way ammunition or projectiles are used on the battlefield. Furthermore, the programmable ammunitions also possess the capability to adjust course inflight thereby providing tactical advantage to defense forces on the battlefield.

The programmable ammunition market is segmented by caliber, type, detonation type, and geography. By caliber, the market is segmented into medium caliber and large caliber. By type, the market is segmented into guided and target sensing. By detonation type, the market is segmented into time programmable, impact self-destruct, proximity, and remote wireless. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the programmable ammunition market in major countries across different regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa). 

For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

Target Sensing
Detonation Type
Time Programmable
Impact Self-Destruct
Remote Wireless
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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Programmable Ammunition Market Research FAQs

The Programmable Ammunition Market size is expected to reach USD 3.18 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 5.99% to reach USD 4.25 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Programmable Ammunition Market size is expected to reach USD 3.18 billion.

BAE Systems, plc, Rheinmetall AG, Nammo AS, RTX Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and BAE Systems plc are the major companies operating in the Programmable Ammunition 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 Programmable Ammunition Market.

In 2023, the Programmable Ammunition Market size was estimated at USD 2.99 billion. The report covers the Programmable Ammunition Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Programmable Ammunition Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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