Body Armor Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 - 2026
Report ID: GMI4268
Body Armor Market size is expected to achieve high growth rates in the near future driven by initiatives taken by government and defense agencies to promote new generation military armor programs. Several countries are incorporating development programs for advanced armors by replacing conventional systems to ensure improved protection in attacks and wars. For instance, the UK’s Future Infantry Soldier Technology System program adopted by the country’s military agency has provided the overall development of technical areas for dismounted infantry soldiers and emphasized on the integration of advanced armors. The increasing use of these apparels by taxi and cab drivers due to increased knife attacks followed by the development of slash and cut-resistant gears by manufacturers is contributing to the industry demand.
Factors, such as high price, complex design-related issues, and the extra weight of these gears, are restraining the body armor market growth. Officers find it unsustainable to wear heavy and bulky gears for a long time as it drains the energy and slows down operations. These challenges can be overcome by designing the armor for all body types and shapes and incorporating thinner, lightweight, and multiple numbers of protective plates.
A major trend in the industry is the adoption of improvised fibers and unidirectional products in the designing process. The implementation of dragon skin materials in protective armors is an emerging trend in the market. Dragon skin characterizes a two-inch-wide circular disc overlap, creating a flexible vest that allows a good range of motion that is intended to absorb a high number of hits. These materials aid in improving the efficiency of protective gears. A recent development in the industry is the liquid gear. These components are lighter in weight compared to the traditional ones and can be used by soldiers to protect their arms and legs.
Steel gears in the body armor market segment is expected to witness the highest growth in revenue shares. The growth can be attributed to the high protection properties provided by steel, bulletproof to a high extent, and durable compared to other materials. Steel-plated armors are extensively used by soldiers and police officers during risky operations to get added protection. The demand for these armors is increasing in the defense industry due to their ability to handle precision rounds at the same place. The growing emphasis on enhancing personal protection for ground troops and armed forces will support the demand for steel-plated body armors over the forecast period.
The defense sector is expected to dominate the body armor market in terms of revenue share over the forecast timeline. The growth is due to the high requirement of these products to protect soldiers and officers in wars and critical situations such as firing and attacks. Modernization in military systems and equipment provided to militants in several countries including China and the U.S. are increasing the demand for armors. The demand for the civilian application segment is expected to increase over the forecast period due to the rise in numbers of home invasions, burglaries, and robberies.
The North America body armor market will grow at the highest rate over the forecast timeline. Military and defense initiatives in the country, such as Army Soldier Protection Systems, adopted for providing fully advanced body armors to soldiers and cops accelerate the industry growth. The need to ensure the security of armed forces due to the increasing number of terrorist attacks is fueling the industry growth. The increasing warfare and cross border disputes in the Asia Pacific countries including China and South Korea are supporting the demand for advanced body armors. Additionally, the countries including India and Japan are expected to witness growth owing to increased government investments for the welfare of defense and military sectors. Several countries including India and Germany are anticipated to increase their military recruitment to recover the shortage of military personnel, providing lucrative growth opportunities to the market development.
The players operating in the body armor market include Aegis engineering Ltd., BAE Systems, Ballistic Body Armor (Pty) Ltd., Kejo Limited Company, AR500 Armor, XTEK Limited, Hellweg International, Safariland LLC, Pacific Safety Systems, and Point Black Enterprises. Several manufacturers in the market are adopting business expansion strategies, such as mergers & acquisitions, partnerships, and collaborations. For instance, in July 2019, XTEK Limited announced the acquisition of HighCom, a supplier of safety armors, helmets, and shields based in the U.S. The acquisition will help XTEK to gain direct access to HighCom’s distribution network and existing manufacturing capabilities to expand its business in the U.S.
The body armor market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD and shipment in units from 2015 to 2025 for the following segments:
- Level I
- Level IIA
- Level II
- Level IIIA
- Level III
- Level IV
By Material Type
- Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)
- Composite Ceramic
By Product Type
- Soft Armor
- Hard Armor
- Law Enforcement Officers
The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- South Korea
- Latin America
- Middle East & Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
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