CBRN market expected to reach $22.2B by 2026

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In a newly published report, the CBRN defence market is projected to grow from USD 17.4 billion in 2021 to USD 22.2 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 5.0% during the forecast period. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high yield explosives defence solutions are the measures used by governments, armed forces, and first responders against CBRN threats by detection, identification, and prevention techniques.

The CBRN defence market has evolved considerably owing to rising geopolitical tensions. The supply side of the market has, according to the report authors at Marketsandmarkets, witnessed the introduction of modern technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT). This market is expected to have exponential growth owing to the surge in demand for CBRN defence equipment across industries. Increased military spending globally is a major factor driving the market.

Growing investments by several governments particularly in developed and developing economies such as the US, India, and China, among others, and the Covid-19 has caused the CBRN defence market growth to some extent, and this varies from country to country. Industry experts believe that the pandemic has increased the demand for CBRN Defence.

Chemical segment dominates

Based on type, the chemical segment of the CBRN defence market is estimated to have held the dominant market share in 2021. The chemical defence segment includes detection, identification, and protective equipment used against chemical agents. The protective equipment used for CBRN defence includes protective wearables such as hazmat suits, gas masks, gloves, and footwear. Equipment such as portable devices and laboratory test instruments are used for the detection of chemical agents. An increase in chemical warfare threats globally, will drive this segment predict the analysts.

For instance, research found that in December 2021, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office awarded a contract worth USD 15.7 million to Teledyne Flir to develop augmented reality software that can pinpoint chemical threats and map them for the military.

Protective wearables 

Based on equipment, protective wearables segment is projected to lead the CBRN Defense market during the forecast period. The main users of CBRN defence equipment include first responders in the police, fire safety department, and hazmat safety officers in the commercial and civil sectors. Military users include CBRN response teams in the armed forces. The level and contamination determine which type of CBRN protective wearable can be used. This segment is leading due to fully integrated Mopp-4 suit for highest chemical and biological threat protection, wide industrial application, and advancement in technology.

Expanding military in emerging economies

Based on region, Asia Pacific is expected to lead the CBRN defence market from 2021 to 2026 in terms of market share. An increase in the instances of terror attacks in the Asia Pacific region has led countries of the region to enhance their CBRN defence capabilities. In addition, the increase in defence expenditures of India and China, among others, and the expansion of military commands in emerging economies have accelerated the demand for CBRN defence in the Asia Pacific region. The demand for CBRN defence solutions can be attributed to the increasing investments by countries for the development and procurement of advanced CBRN defence solutions for their armed forces, border protection, biowarfare programmes.

Contracts were the main strategy adopted by leading players to sustain their position in the CBRN defence market, followed by new product developments with advanced technologies. Many companies also collaborated to set up special centres for the research & development of advanced CBRN defence.

The CBRN defence market is dominated by a few globally established players such as Rheinmetall Defence, Smiths Group, Teledyne Flir, Bruker, and Chemring Group, among others.


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