The Middle-East and Africa non-lethal weapons market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period.
- The increasing dissatisfaction against the local governments in countries, like Lebanon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Libya, among others, is leading to an increase in major violence and riots, which is encouraging the law enforcement agencies to procure new non-lethal weapons to effectively tackle a dangerous situation.
- With the presence of very few players in non-lethal weapons manufacturers in this region, there is a profitable scenario for new companies to enter the Middle-East and Africa non-lethal weapons market.
- However, the low GDPs of the African countries and few investments in the development of less-lethal weapons in the Middle Eastern countries, like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates may hamper the growth of the market.
Key Market Trends
The Law Enforcement Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
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. In the past few years, violent attacks on law enforcement agents had increased in the region prompting law enforcement agencies to provide their agents with non-lethal weapons such as police batons, expandable batons, tasers, and other electronic stun devices and chemical agents such as OC and CS to protect themselves and others from threats possessed by violent suspects. Civilian unrest in countries like Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya, etc. is on the rise which is forcing law enforcement agencies to increase the procurement of non-lethal weapons to efficiently control the violent crowds. There have been grants by the governments for use of advanced non-lethal weapons in case of emergencies. For instance, in 2017, the Kenyan Police Service (KPS) received the delivery of at least 6 Jino riot control vehicles, along with firearms, ammunition, and teargas, as a part of preparations against public protests before the general elections. Such procurements by the local law enforcement agencies and police to counter-attack the riots are propelling the growth of the segment during the forecast period.
Rest of Middle-East and Africa to Register the Highest CAGR
The widespread protests and the riots taking place in various countries in the region, such as Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Palestine, have encouraged the procurement of non-lethal weapons for effectively dispersing the crowd prior to a security escalation. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Iraq that started in July 2018 in the southern metropolis of Basra resulted in police firing tear gas and gunshots at rioters, who had laid siege to city hall and torched the headquarters of several Iranian-backed political parties. Similarly, since October 2019, Lebanon has witnessed ongoing violent anti-government protests. Such incidents have led to the procurement of non-lethal weapons, as a measure of crowd control in this region.
Some of the few prominent players in the Middle-East and Africa non-lethal weapons market are Safariland, LLC, Lamperd, Inc., ISPRA Ltd., Advanced Pyrotechnics LLC, and Rheinmetall AG. Currently, there are only a handful of non-lethal weapons manufacturers in this region. Hence, market penetration is easy for new players. The local companies are also collaborating to venture into the manufacturing of non-lethal weapons. For instance, Advanced Pyrotechnics LLC is a joint venture company between Tawazun & MP3, based in the UAE. The company was formed in 2016 and is into the manufacturing of flashbang, non-lethal 40 mm ammunition with different effects, and colored and screening smoke, etc. However, new ventures of local players in the market can restrain the growth of international players in the region.
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