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Military Laser Systems Market - By Product (LiDAR, 3D Scanning, Laser Weapon, Laser Range Finder), By Application (Laser Countermeasures, Laser Communication Systems), By Technology (Fiber Laser, Solid-state Laser, Gas Laser), By End Use & Forecast, 2023-2032

  • Report ID: GMI5764
  • Published Date: May 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Military Laser Systems Market Size

Military Laser Systems Market size valued at USD 4 billion in 2022 and is set to witness over 5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. The demand for military laser systems is primarily fueled by a significant rise in geopolitical conflicts and terrorist activities around the world. The market is expanding due to the increasing use of various laser-based military solutions, such as offensive laser systems, perimeter breach detection systems, laser countermeasure systems, threat reduction and weapon guidance applications.

Military Laser Systems Market

The rising defense industry investments as well as the introduction of numerous military modernization programs are boosting the military laser systems market growth. The growing trend of Communication Navigation Surveillance (CNS) systems to enhance situational awareness and lessen the workload of military personnel is stimulating the demand for military laser systems.

Military laser systems use direct-to-diode sources with a rugged design to withstand the extensive shock and vibrations for deployment in harsh environments. Military lasers are used to confuse & dazzle the enemy in various applications such as targeting systems, night vision equipment, distraction devices, and psychological warfare. The advancements in various kilowatt laser combination techniques, beam control technology for energy adjustment, and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to augment the demand for laser-directed weapons.

Laser beams can reach their target in nanoseconds as they move at the speed of light, which is faster than the speed of any physical object. Moreover, the weapon's targeting system must first identify the target before the laser beam can be pointed at it. The weapon's tracking system then directs a beam in the direction of the target's motion or projectile, holding it there for enough time to burn a hole through the target.

COVID-19 Impact

The aerospace & defense sector witnessed a decline in demand and production operations during the COVID-19 pandemic as the delivery of new aircraft was delayed and employees were sent home due to the imposition of lockdowns. Contractors on the defense side were in a better position since the pandemic had a smaller short- to mid-term impact than it did on the aerospace industry. However, with the start of vaccination drives in 2021, lockdowns and travel restrictions were lifted, in turn, resulting in the resumption of supply chain operations.

Military Laser Systems Market Trends

Technological breakthroughs and increased R&D investments are projected to aid market growth. Military lasers are precise enough for long-range applications. These systems can also be used for laser communication. Lasers, in this regard, produce short pulses with low energy consumption. Laser systems are used in military applications to protect troops in the field from artillery shells, military drones, and missiles. Military lasers do not emit miniature sonic booms, are silent, and cannot be detected by humans. This is increasing the demand for military laser systems, which is estimated to fuel market growth.

Military Laser Systems Market Analysis

Military Laser Systems Market Revenue, By Application, 2020 – 2032, (USD Billion)

Based on application, the mar military laser systems market is divided into laser countermeasures, laser communication systems, laser targeting & ranging, and others. The laser communication systems held a dominant market share and accounted for over USD 1.5 billion in 2022. In military operations, the demand for high-bandwidth communication systems is on the rise due to the proliferation of data-intensive applications. Laser communication systems have emerged as a promising solution, offering substantially higher data transfer rates compared to traditional Radio Frequency (RF) systems. This heightened bandwidth capacity enables the seamless transmission of large volumes of data, including high-definition video feeds, sensor data, and other crucial information, effectively meeting the evolving requirements of military operations.

Based on product, the military laser systems market is segmented into laser designator, LiDAR, 3D scanning, laser weapon, laser range finder, ring laser gyroscope, and laser altimeter. The 3D scanning segment to register gains at nearly 4% through 2032. 3D scanning produces a three-dimensional image of an object by using airborne laser technology. It is used for surveying, mapping, and measuring objects in hard-to-reach places. The military utilizes this technology for target acquisition, navigation, and surveillance. These advantages will increase the demand for 3D scanners.

Global Military Laser Systems Market Share, By   End Use, 2022

Based on end use, the defense sector captured about 50% of the global market share in 2022 and is predicted to exhibit lucrative growth through 2032. On account of the rising demand for long-range precision strike capability, the defense sector dominated the overall market. Due to their nuclear weapons capabilities, the U.S., China, Russia, and India are at a high risk of suffering from ballistic missile attacks; thus, they are developing airborne lasers as part of a layered missile defense system. Through years of intensive research & development, countries including France and Israel have also built strong military capabilities. These countries are anticipated to become important regional markets owing to the rising instability in the Asia Pacific region.

Europe Military Laser Systems Market Revenue,  2020  -2032, (USD Billion)

Europe military laser systems market is likely to grow at a CAGR of over 8% from 2023 to 2032. The government's increased emphasis on bolstering military hardware and laser weapon innovations by manufacturers are driving market expansion in Europe. Regional market participants are making significant investments in R&D projects to develop new products. By establishing alliances with top manufacturers and governments, the countries in the region are creating more sophisticated weaponry to enhance their military and defense. The market is expanding owing to the increased interest in laser weapon systems and the growing knowledge of their potential capabilities.

Military Laser Systems Market Share

Some major players operating in the military laser systems market are

  • BAE Systems PLC
  • Boeing
  • Coherent Corp
  • Elbit Systems
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • Leonardo S.p.A.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • MBDA
  • Newport Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • Rheinmetall AG

These players focus on strategic partnerships and new laser communication system launches for market expansion. They are heavily investing in research to introduce innovative products and garner maximum revenue in the market.

Military Laser Systems Market News:

  • In April 2023, The U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) selected NUBURU Inc. of Centennial for a position on the multiple-award IDIQ contract for the fabrication and delivery of prototypes & equipment supporting solid-state High-energy Laser (HEL) weapon systems. NUBURU Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures blue lasers with high power and brightness
  • In March 2023, Blighter Surveillance Systems, a British designer and manufacturer of electronic-scanning radars and surveillance solutions, received a contract to provide Raytheon UK with its Multi-Mode A800 3D e-scan radars as part of a Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) System project with the UK MoD.

This military laser systems market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Laser designator
  • Lidar
  • 3D scanning
  • Laser weapon
  • Laser range finder
  • Ring laser gyroscope
  • Laser altimeter

By Technology

  • Fiber laser
  • Solid-state laser
  • Gas laser
  • Semiconductor laser
  • Others

By Application

  • Laser countermeasures
  • Laser communication systems
  • Laser targeting and ranging
  • Others

By End Use

  • Homeland security
  • Defense

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Turkey
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • U.A.E
    • Israel
    • Egypt
    • South Africa


Authors: Suraj Gujar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market valuation of laser systems reached USD 4 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at over 5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032 fueled by a significant rise in geopolitical conflicts and terrorist activities globally.

The 3D scanning segment is expected to grow at 4% CAGR through 2032 owing to the increasing use of this technology for surveying, mapping, and measuring objects in hard-to-reach places in the military sector.

The Europe market for military laser systems is projected to grow at 8% CAGR through 2032 attributed to the increasing government focus on bolstering military hardware and laser weapon innovations by manufacturers.

BAE Systems PLC, Boeing, Coherent Corp, Elbit Systems, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Leonardo S.p.A., Lockheed Martin Corporation, MBDA, Newport Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Rheinmetall AG, and SAFRAN SA are the major players in the market.

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