The European non-lethal weapons market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 2% during the forecast period.
- The riots and other crises in countries, like Romania, Serbia, Russia, Italy, France, and Spain, are forcing the law-enforcement agencies in the region to procure non-lethal weapons for riot-control. This is generating the demand for non-lethal weapons in the area.
- Additionally, the development of new types of non-lethal weapons by various players across several countries in the region is expected to increase its market prospects.
Key Market Trends
The Law Enforcement Segment is Expected to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
Non-lethal weapons and related equipment have a vital role in law enforcement, which aims to protect individuals and uphold the law. They may be used as a less dangerous alternative to firearms, in order to reduce the risk of harm to members of the public and to criminal suspects, or in situations where some degree of force is necessary but where the use of firearms would be disproportionate. Moreover, the use of physical force (e.g., hands, fists, feet) by officers will increase the odds of injury to officers and suspects alike. Law enforcement agencies include special, local, state police, federal agencies, or drug enforcement administration that use non-lethal or less-lethal weapons to avoid injury to officers in close contact situations. Advances in less-lethal technology offer the promise of more effective control over resistive suspects with fewer serious injuries. The use of non-lethal weapons by police forces is on the rise, due to political unrest in recent years. The political turmoil in the region was the driving factor for extreme violence and riots in 2018. There have been grants by the governments for use of advanced non-lethal weapons in case of emergencies. For instance, In July 2018, the Interior Minister of Italy approved the trial of Tasers in 11 cities across Italy that to all three police forces that patrol Italy's streets. The growing requirement of crowd control weapons is propelling the growth of the law enforcement segment of the market studied. The Law Enforcement segment will continue to experience high growth rate owing to the fact many European nations are facing civil unrest such as Yellow Vest Movement in France that started in October 2018.
The United Kingdom to Dominate the Europe Non-lethal Weapons Market
The United Kingdom currently has the highest market share in the non-lethal weapons market. This is mainly due to the development of new less-lethal weapons that are efficient and less harmful in subduing the threat. The UK Army developed a new non-lethal weapon called Variable Kinetic System (VKS), to help soldiers in Afghanistan to irritate and deter potential adversaries. The weapon fires paintball-like projectiles filled with a hot pepper solution. Moreover, the majority of the law enforcement and police officers 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 the United Kingdom will continue to grow as the number of assaults on police officers in the country is increasing, prompting the government to strengthen the police. The government in 2019, announced plans to recruit 20,000 additional police officers in three years. The government is also planning to increase the number of non-lethal weapons with the police. For instance, in September 2019, Home Office announced an additional GBP 10 million for taser uplift. According to the government, the additional funding will help in providing Taser to more than 10,000 police officers in England and Wales. Following this, in March 2020, the police department in England and Wales received GBP 6.7 million to purchase 8,155 Tasers. Such developments will help in the growth of the Non-lethal market in the country.
Some of the prominent players in the Europe non-lethal weapons market are Fiocchi Munizioni SpA, FN Herstal, Rheinmetall AG, RUAG Group, and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. Currently, the companies (non-lethal weapons manufacturers) are investing in R&D of weapons and ammunition that may have no lasting physical damage on the victim but is equally effective in controlling and dispersing crowds without the firing of expensive ammunition. Such developments may help them to take a prominent position in the market in the region in the years to come.
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