Light Weapons Market – Worldwide Forecasts 2021 – 2030: Ongoing Global Economic Slowdown Limits Procurement Prospects

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The Light Weapons Market is expected to grow from USD 4.84 billion in 2020 to USD 8.93 billion in 2030, witnessing a CAGR of 6.31% during the forecast period (2021-2030).

The COVID-19 pandemic has had minimal impact on the market. The pandemic has altered the priorities of prominent nations and forced them to divert a significant share of their economic resources to modernize and strengthen their medical infrastructure.

The ongoing global economic slowdown limits the procurement prospects for light weapons and the demand for ammunition. Thus, a subsequent decline in military spending is anticipated on a short-term basis. Nevertheless, procurement delays are expected over a short duration but drastic fluctuations in demand due to the pandemic are not anticipated.

Raw material prices have witnessed significant volatility over the past decade. Hence, disagreements between contracting parties over certain clauses in the defense contracts, such as the transfer of technology clause, have also resulted in the cancellation of sanctioned projects.

The demand for light weapons is expected to be propelled by their characteristic advantage of penetrating and disabling heavily armored threats.

The widening geopolitical rift in Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East and Africa regions have driven nations to increase their annual defense budget and expenditure to support the modernization of the arsenal of their armed forces.

However, arms trafficking remains a major growth deterrence factor for the light weapons market as the increasing availability of light weapons in the black-market leads to the development of organized crime, terrorism, human trafficking, and piracy, among others, which pose a security threat to a nation’s integrity while presenting significant challenges for law enforcement agencies and governments on a global scale.

Key Market Trends

Evolving Battlefield Engagement Scenarios Driving the Demand for New Generation Weapon Systems

There has been a radical change in battlefield engagement scenarios over the past few years. Urban warfare has been witnessing major growth due to the global trend toward urbanization, increasingly volatile domestic political conditions in developing countries, and changes in the scenarios of an armed conflict.

The evolution of the battlefield environment has necessitated the subsequent upgrade and customization of armament. The need for high-precision, lightweight, and compact weapon systems has led innovators to invest considerable resources in the development of sophisticated weapon systems.

The evolution of technology has led to the development of guided weapons with a high target hit ratio, which are supported through a range of accessories such as weapon sights, night vision devices, aiming lasers, laser rangefinders, and fire control systems.

North America Dominated the Market in 2020

North America region currently has the highest share in the market. This growth is driven by the increasing military spending of the United States due to political unrest with China and Russia, which is propelling the country’s investments towards expanding and modernizing its fielded weaponry with advanced technologies to strengthen its armed forces.

In this regard, as of November 2020, the US Army began a multi-year study to determine a suitable replacement for its M240 platoon-level machine gun. Similarly, the US Marine Corps (USMC) initiated the inducting of the new M320A1 grenade launcher in March 2020. It aims to equip all infantry units with the side-loading 40 mm weapon by the end of 2021.

As per the US Army’s technical manual for 40 mm grenade launchers, the M320A1 has a maximum effective range of 150 m on a point target, such as a window, and a 350 m max effective range on an area target.

Canada also has been significantly investing into modernization of its arms to enhance the capabilities of armed forces. On this note, in January 2020, the Canadian MoD announced the procurement of 3,626 C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) from Colt Canada to ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces continue to have a modern and reliable weapon to support training and operations.

The acquisition supplements the 1,148 machine guns that were acquired in 2017 at a cost of USD 32.1 million. The GPMG allows soldiers to attach pointing devices and optical sighting systems to help increase operational and tactical effectiveness. Such investments towards modernization of weapons and procurement of advanced light weapons in the region is anticipated to propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Companies Mentioned

  • FN Herstal SA
  • Saab AB
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • MBDA Inc.
  • Thales Group
  • BAE Systems PLC
  • Rheinmetall AG
  • Rostec
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd
  • Denel SOC Ltd
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Heckler & Koch GmbH
  • IAI Group

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