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Threat Detection Equipment Market - By Product Type (Explosive Detection, Radiation Detection, Chemical and Biological Detection, Narcotics Detection), By Technology, By End Use & Forecast, 2022 – 2032

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  • Published Date: Jul 2023
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Threat Detection Equipment Industry Analysis

Threat Detection Equipment Market size was valued at USD 88 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 8% between 2023 and 2032. Rapid technological advancements are driving innovations in threat detection equipment. The emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), data analytics, and IoT, are being integrated into threat detection systems to enhance accuracy, speed, and efficiency. The advancements in sensor technology, imaging techniques, and software algorithms are also improving the detection capabilities of equipment.

Threat Detection Equipment Market

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The threat detection equipment market is involved in the development, manufacturing, distribution, and deployment of equipment, specifically designed to detect & mitigate various threats. Such equipment is utilized across different sectors & industries to enhance security, protect assets, and mitigate potential risks. Threat detection equipment encompass a wide range of technologies, devices, and systems that are designed to identify & alert potential threats such as explosives, weapons, chemical, biological, radiological & nuclear (CBRN) hazards, illicit substances, and other security risks.

The acquisition cost of advanced threat detection equipment, such as x-ray scanners, explosive detection systems, or cybersecurity solutions, can be significant. Organizations, particularly Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) or those with limited budgets, may face challenges in making substantial upfront investments in acquiring & implementing these technologies. The high initial cost can act as a barrier to entry and limit market growth. In addition to the initial investment, there are ongoing operational expenses associated with maintaining & operating threat detection equipment. This includes the costs associated with maintenance, repairs, software updates, training, and staffing. Organizations may have budget limitations that prevent the allocation of sufficient resources for the ongoing expenses of operating & maintaining equipment, thereby impacting market growth.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on the global threat detection equipment market. The COVID-19 pandemic heightened the focus on public health & safety in commercial settings such as airports, shopping malls, office buildings, and entertainment venues. There is a growing need to implement threat detection equipment that can identify potential health threats including fevers, respiratory issues, and the adherence to mask-wearing protocols.

Threat Detection Equipment Market Trends

The adoption of advanced imaging technologies including E-beam technology enables high-resolution imaging, allowing for the detailed analysis and identification of potential threats. The use of electron beams provides enhanced imaging capabilities, enabling the detection of concealed objects, weapons, or contraband with greater accuracy and clarity. High-resolution imaging is crucial in security screening applications, such as airports, seaports, and critical infrastructure, where the reliable detection of hidden threats is essential. E-beam technology offers improved contrast and image quality compared to traditional imaging technologies. It provides clear and precise images, making it easier to identify and analyze objects or materials of interest. The enhanced contrast enables better differentiation between materials, enhancing threat detection capabilities and reducing false positives.

Threat Detection Equipment Product Type Segmentation

Threat Detection Equipment Market, By Product Type

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Based on product type, the threat detection equipment market is segmented into explosive detection systems, radiation detection system, chemical and biological detection system, narcotics detection system, others. The chemical and biological detection systems segment holds CAGR of over 9% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace till 2032. The rising global security concerns related to chemical & biological threats, including terrorism, bioterrorism, and the potential uses of chemical or biological agents, drive the demand for advanced detection systems. Major players are collaborating to develop chemical & biological threat detection systems.

For instance, in August 2022, Smiths Detection partnered with Block MEMS to develop non-contact chemical detection device for the U.S. Department of Defense. The healthcare sector plays a significant role in the demand for chemical & biological detection systems. These systems are used in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and public health organizations to monitor & detect infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and biological agents. The need for early detection, containment, and effective response in healthcare settings will drive this segment growth.

Threat Detection Equipment Technology Segmentation

Based on technology, the threat detection equipment market is segmented into X-ray Scanners, trace detection, infrared screening, spectrometric, video surveillance, others. The Spectrometry segment was valued at over USD 9.5 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace through 2032. Spectrometry technology offers high detection sensitivity, allowing the identification & analysis of trace amounts of substances. This technology can detect & analyze the chemical composition of various materials including explosives, narcotics, chemical agents, and hazardous substances. The ability to detect minute quantities of these substances makes spectrometry a valuable tool in threat detection, contributing to segment growth. Spectrometry technology has diverse applications across different sectors and industries. It is used in airport security for the detection of explosives, in pharmaceuticals for quality control & counterfeit drug identification, in environmental monitoring for detecting pollutants, and in industrial settings for process control & material analysis. The broad range of applications contributes to the growth of spectrometry technology in the threat detection equipment industry.

Threat Detection Equipment End Use Segmentation

Threat Detection Equipment Market Share, By End-use Industry,

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Based on end use, the threat detection equipment market is segmented commercial, industrial, public infrastructure, military, and defense & prison, institutional, transportation and aviation, healthcare. The military and defense & prison segment is the fastest growing segment in the market and holds a CAGR of over 9.5% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace up to 2032. The growing demand for threat detection equipment in intelligence gathering & surveillance activities of the military & defense sector is driving segmental growth.

Advanced surveillance technologies, including video analytics, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or ground-based sensors, aid in monitoring borders, critical infrastructure, or remote areas. These technologies enhance situational awareness, early threat detection, and decision-making capabilities. Correctional facilities, including prisons and detention centers, face unique security challenges. Threat detection equipment is essential for maintaining security within these facilities, detecting weapons, contraband, or other prohibited items. It prevents escape attempts, reduces violence among inmates, and improves the overall safety & security of correctional facilities.

Threat Detection Equipment Regional Analysis

China Threat Detection Equipment Market Size

Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region in the global market with a revenue of over 22 billion in 2022. The Asia Pacific region threat detection equipment market growing significantly due to increasing security concerns, rapid industrialization, infrastructure development, government initiatives, and technological advancements. The adoption of these solutions will help in protecting critical assets, ensuring workplace safety, and mitigating potential risks in the industrial sectors across the region.

China has been steadily increasing its defense expenditure, making investments in advanced military technologies and equipment. As tensions and security challenges persist in the Asia Pacific region, the Chinese military & defense industry is investing in advanced equipment to detect & counter potential threats, both conventional and asymmetric. The increased collaborations of airports with threat detection equipment manufacturers are driving market growth in India. For instance, in February 2023 Noida International Airport signed an agreement with Smiths Detection. To screen passenger carry-on luggage, Smiths Detection will provide the HI-SCAN 6040 DV, a cutting-edge high resolution & dual-view X-ray screening system; and the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a next-generation high-speed Computed Tomography (CT) explosives detection system that complies with TSA and ECAC regulations as well as BCAS standards.

Threat Detection Equipment Industry Leaders

The threat detection equipment market is highly competitive owing to the presence of key players such as Smiths Detection and Leidos. Other prominent industry participants include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Inc, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Smiths Group PLC., and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Industry participants are expected to increase their foothold in the commercial industry with growing investments in facility centers & acquisitions. Significant investments in R&D to gain technological competitiveness and aggressive business strategies including technological launches, collaborations & long-term agreements with clients to capture the market share are positively impacting the market.

Threat Detection Equipment Industry News

  • In May 2022, Renesas and Intel partnered to develop a new BCM using Intel's Atom processor. The BCM is more powerful & energy-efficient than its previous models and supports a wider range of features such as ADAS & autonomous driving.
  • In March 2021, Smiths Detection was selected by the Heathrow Airport Administration for the supply of HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX magnetic resonance X-rays, featuring a higher degree of security & efficiency. Through this move, the company is expanding its brand presence across the industry.

The Threat Detection Equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million) and shipments (Thousand units) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Product Type

  • Explosive Detection Systems
  • Radiation Detection Systems
  • Chemical and Biological Detection Systems
  • Narcotics Detection Systems
  • Others

By Technology

  • X-ray Scanners
  • Trace Detection
  • Infrared Screening
  • Spectrometry
  • Video Surveillance
  • Others

By End Use

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Public Infrastructure
  • Military and Defense & Correctional Facility
  • Institutional
  • Transportation and aviation
  • Healthcare

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

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


Authors: Suraj Gujar , Deeksha Vishwakarma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Market size for threat detection equipment was USD 88 billion in 2022 and will record over 8% CAGR from 2023 to 2032 driven by emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data analytics, and IoT.

Threat detection equipment industry size from the spectrometry technology segment exceeded USD 9.5 billion in 2022 due to the higher need to offer high detection sensitivity in the identification & analysis of trace amounts of substances.

Threat detection equipment industry share from the military and defense & prison segment is the fastest growing segment in the market and holds a CAGR of over 9.5% during the forecast period driven by growing adoption in intelligence gathering & surveillance activities.

Asia Pacific market for threat detection equipment surpassed 22 billion in 2022 owing to increasing security concerns, rapid industrialization, infrastructure development, government initiatives, and technological advancements.

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