The Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.
- The geopolitical tension in the region has resulted in general discontent among the general population, resulting in the staging of several protests and strikes that have quickly escalated into acts of violence. The law enforcement agencies in nations, such as India, China, Japan, and South Korea, are procuring non-lethal weapons as a deterrent to control these unruly incidents and protect the loss of life and property.
- Technological advancements made by various players across several countries in the region are expected to provide growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period.
Key Market Trends
Ammunition Segment is Projected to Grow at a High Pace
The ammunition segment holds a dominant share in the Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market. The increasing instances of civilian unrest in the region have encouraged the military and other law enforcement agencies to procure non-lethal weapons to ensure public safety. Emerging R&D technologies are likely to bolster the development of new non-lethal ammunition, which may propel the growth of the market in the coming years. Several types of non-lethal ammunition, such as rubber bullets, wax bullets, plastic bullets, bean bag rounds, and sponge grenades, are fired from standard firearms or dedicated riot guns for short-range practice, animal control, and riot control. Advances in less-lethal technology offer the promise of more effective control over resistive suspects with fewer serious injuries. Furthermore, governments permit the use of advanced non-lethal weapons in case of emergencies. Hence, the growing requirement for crowd-control weapons may propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.
China to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period
Currently, China is dominating the Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market, mainly due to the occasional riots and civil unrest, such as demonstrations and protests in cities in Eastern China, often in connection with labor-related, environmental, and educational issues. Such instances 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. Moreover, the majority of the law enforcement and police officers in the country carry less-lethal weapons, like tasers, batons, and canisters of mace spray, that are less harmful, when compared to the traditional firearms. The non-lethal weapons market in China may continue to grow, as the number of assaults on law enforcement agencies in the country is on the rise, prompting the government to strengthen the police by developing new non-lethal weaponry. For instance, in September 2019, China designed a sonic weapon that can selectively target individuals or groups in a crowd, leaving them unable to control muscle movements and rendering them easy pickings for the police to round up. The weapon is designed to be non-lethal, and the effects wear off eventually.
The prominent players in the Asia-Pacific non-lethal weapons market are Combined Systems Inc., Condor Non-lethal Technologies, Axon (Taser International Inc.), Safariland LLC, and RUAG Group. Mergers and acquisitions have helped the companies strengthen their market presence. For instance, in May 2018, VIEVU, a subsidiary of Safariland LLC, was acquired by Axon Enterprise Inc. As part of the agreement, Safariland and Axon entered a 10-year agreement, under which Safariland became the preferred holster provider for Axon’s TASER Conducted Electric Weapons (CEW). Additionally, in January 2020, Safariland LLC introduced NIK CBD quick test for the public safety, military, professional, and outdoor markets.
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