The military gas mask market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period.
- The growing instances of accidents related to chemical spillages, radioactive particulate matter diffusions, and the outbreak of biological threats and pandemics have resulted in an increase in the demand for first responder gas masks, which is driving the market, currently.
- Also, the dynamic nature of modern warfare has resulted in the inclusion of highly lethal chemical and biological agents into weaponry, which is posing a risk to the soldiers on the battlefield. This has generated a demand for military gas masks across the world.
Key Market Trends
Full-Face Gas Mask Segment is Projected to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period
The full-face gas mask is being widely adopted by military forces and first responders across the world, as it provides greater comfort and protection to the face. Newer models of full-face masks are designed in such a way that they offer a better view than the half-face mask. Although the full-face mask is heavier than a half-face mask, they offer full protection for the nose, mouth, and eyes, which makes them safer. Also, the increasing threats from the Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) agents often pose risks to the health of the first responders and military personnel, even if they have partial contact with the facial tissues. Hence, full-face gas masks are gaining popularity. In the military, the growing CBRN threats are projected to drive the need for adopting various troop protection measures like full-face masks, which provide enhanced protection against radioactive particulate matter. For instance, the US Joint Forces use various variants of the Joint Service General Purpose Mask (JSGPM) family of systems, which are full face masks that provide lightweight protective Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) protection. The procurement of such systems is expected to help the growth of the segment in the years to come.
North America Held the Largest Market Share in 2019
North America accounted for the largest market share in 2019, due to significant demand for protection against CBRN agents in the United States and Canada. The United States is a major procurer of gas masks and is also home to most of the major gas mask manufacturers in the world. The country is constantly upgrading its military and first responder protection systems, which is expected to generate revenues for the players supplying the gas masks to the country. For instance, in March 2019, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it awarded a USD 245.9 million contract to Avon Protection Systems for the production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective gas mask systems. In addition, the proposed FY21 military funding may facilitate the procurement of 4,263 JSGPM Ground/Ship (M53A1) masks with blowers, training, initial spares, and total package fielding to support the Army requirements. Such developments are projected to further boost the market domination of the North American region, during the forecast period.
3M Company, Avon Protection Systems Inc., Honeywell International Inc., MSA Safety Incorporated, and Drägerwerk AG & Co. KG are some of the prominent players in the military gas mask market. With the competition growing in the industry, manufacturers are focusing on introducing newer models in gas masks that enhance both the situational awareness, in terms of visibility and ergonomics of the users. As such, the focus is currently on manufacturing masks with flexible polyurethane lenses that give a wide field of vision, and facepiece made up of durable and soft rubber material for better ergonomics. In addition, the use of newer, advanced materials and technologies may aid in producing better and effective masks, which may eventually propel the replacement of the traditional gas masks existing with many militaries and first responders around the world. Hence, the focus of research on newer materials and technologies may help the players in the long run.
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