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Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment Market - By Equipment (Tactical & Military Kits, Survival, Signaling, Medical, Communication), By Type (Combat SAR, Urban SAR, Industrial SAR), By Platform (Land, Marine, Airborne), Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7295
  • Published Date: Nov 2023
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Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment Market Size

Search and Rescue equipment market size was valued at over USD 100 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 3.5% between 2023 and 2032. The increased government and military investments in SAR equipment are driving market growth.

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Government fundings are encouraging research and technological breakthroughs in SAR equipment, resulting in more effective & efficient products. It has also expanded the market by creating a consistent demand for high-quality equipment. Government and military contracts provide a consistent revenue stream for SAR equipment producers, encouraging the industry participants to engage in R&D. As a result, product quality and diversification will improve, appealing to a broader customer base beyond the public sector. For instance, in April 2023, The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons granted a USD-206.71-million contract to DynCorp International LLC for aircraft maintenance, SAR equipment, and support equipment for the P-3 Orion, C-130 Hercules, E-2D Hawkeye, F/A-18 Hornet, E/A-18 Growler, AV-8B Harrier II, and H-60 Sea Hawk aircraft in support of the Naval Test Wing Atlantic.

SAR equipment refers to specialized tools and gear designed to aid in the location, retrieval, and assistance of individuals in distress or emergency situations. The resources include GPS devices, life vests, medical supplies, communication devices, and specialized vehicles or aircraft. SAR equipment is essential for first responders, military personnel, and organizations involved in search & rescue missions to save lives and help during critical situations.

Rugged and challenging environments pose substantial challenges to the Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment industry. SAR operations are frequently conducted in tough environments such as distant wilderness areas, extreme weather, or disaster-stricken locations. The equipment utilized must be able to survive these circumstances, which necessitates excellent durability and dependability. Creating SAR equipment that meets these needs can be expensive and technically difficult. The weight and mass of ruggedized equipment may hinder mobility and response times, reducing the effectiveness of search & rescue efforts. Addressing these environmental limits is a major challenge for SAR equipment makers, restricting the market potential for growth and innovations.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the search and rescue equipment market in multiple ways. Initially, supply chain disruptions caused shortages of vital SAR equipment, delaying the response times during emergencies. International partnerships in SAR initiatives were hampered by travel constraints, limiting the transmission of best practices and resources. The decreased government finances owing to pandemic-related expenses impacted the funding for SAR equipment acquisition and maintenance. As a result, the SAR Equipment market struggled to meet first responder needs, endangering the efficacy of rescue missions.

Search and Rescue Equipment Market Trends

SAR equipment is evolving with the integration of GPS tracking, drones, and enhanced communication tools. GPS enables precise location tracking, while drones offer aerial reconnaissance and remote access to challenging terrains. Improved communication tools ensure better coordination among rescue teams, enhancing the chances of successful missions. SAR equipment is increasingly being constructed with environment-friendly materials and energy-efficient technologies to reduce its environmental impacts. This transition corresponds to the increased emphasis on sustainability and environmental conservation.

SAR equipment is being integrated with data analytics and real-time information sharing, enabling better decision-making and improved coordination during operations. This enhances the overall efficiency and effectiveness of search & rescue missions.

Search and Rescue Equipment Market Analysis

Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment Market Size, By Equipment, (USD Billion)

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Based on equipment, the market is segmented into tactical & military kits, survival, signaling, medical, and communication. The communication segment dominated the market with a share of over 22% in 2022.

  • The innovations in communication technology, such as satellite phones and GPS devices, have made it easier to establish & maintain contact in remote or challenging environments, expanding the scope and effectiveness of SAR operations.
  • Reliable communication enhances the safety of SAR personnel and those in distress by enabling real-time updates and information exchange during rescue operations. Effective communication systems allow SAR teams to coordinate their efforts more efficiently, resulting in a faster response to emergencies.
Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment Market Share, By Platform, 2022, (%)

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Based on platform, the search and rescue equipment market is divided into land, marine, and airborne. The land segment is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4% by 2032.

  • Land vehicles and equipment offer the advantage of quick response times, which is crucial for time-sensitive SAR missions such as disaster relief or missing person searches in remote areas.
  • Land platforms are adaptable and can navigate diverse terrains, which makes them suitable for a wide range of search & rescue missions, from urban disasters to wilderness operations. Land-based SAR equipment is more accessible and cost-effective for search & rescue operations, especially in terrestrial and urban settings.
US Search and Rescue (SAR) Equipment Market Size, 2021-2032, (USD Million)

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North America dominated the global search and rescue equipment market with a share of over 30% in 2022. The region experiences natural disasters, such as hurricanes, wildfires, and snowstorms, necessitating robust SAR capabilities. Governments and agencies in North America are increasingly investing in the modernization & upgrading of SAR equipment to improve response times and effectiveness. The strong emphasis on R&D, coupled with public-private collaborations, has resulted in innovative and advanced SAR technologies. Lastly, the growing awareness about the importance of SAR operations in saving lives and property has led to increased funding and market progress in the region.

Search and Rescue Equipment Market share

The players in the Search and Rescue (SAR) equipment market focus on implementing different growth strategies to strengthen their offerings and expand the market reach. These strategies involve new product development & launches, partnerships & collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, and customer retention. The players also heavily invest in R&D to introduce innovative and technologically advanced solutions in the SAR Equipment industry. The major players operating in the search and rescue equipment industry are:

  • Agility Technology Corp.
  • Elbit Systems
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Junkin Safety
  • Leonardo S.p.A
  • Textron Systems
  • Thales Group

Search and Rescue Equipment Industry News

  • In September 2023, Raytec launched SPARTAN Street, a new range of high-performance general area luminaires designed specifically for access roads, pathways, and building perimeters within hazardous area environments. SPARTAN Street is the first streetlight of its kind to be certified for use in Zone 1/21 environments. SPARTAN Street is available as a Zone 2/22 variant, and it expanded Raytec’s portfolio of hazardous area LED lighting products, providing the highest level of performance, efficacy, and control.
  • In April 2023, Flathead County Search and Rescue (FCSAR) received a funding of USD 2,670 million from its parent firm, Flathead Electric Cooperative. FCSAR aimed to meet the demand for two types of rescue equipment to aid in the low- & medium-angle rescues: a vacuum spine board and a rescue litter kit.

The Search and Rescue equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Equipment, 2018 – 2032

  • Tactical & Military Kits
  • Survival
  • Signaling
  • Medical
  • Communication
  • Others

By Type, 2018 – 2032

  • Combat SAR
  • Urban SAR
  • Industrial SAR

By Platform, 2018 - 2032

  • Land
  • Marine
  • Airborne

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

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Suraj Gujar , Sandeep Ugale

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Search and rescue (SAR) equipment industry size crossed USD 100 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to witness over 3.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032 due to the increased government and military investments worldwide

SAR equipment industry size from the land platform segment is anticipated to witness over 4% CAGR from 2023-2032 due to their rising cruciality for time-sensitive missions, such as disaster relief or missing person searches in remote areas

North America held over 30% of the search and rescue equipment market share in 2022 driven by the surge in natural disasters, such as hurricanes, wildfires, and snowstorms

Some of the prominent SAR equipment industry players are Agility Technology Corp., Elbit Systems, General Dynamics Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., Junkin Safety, Leonardo S.p.A, Textron Systems, and Thales Group

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