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Military Laser Systems Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025)

  • ID: 5119978
  • Report
  • June 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 75 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Sep 30th 2021


  • BAE Systems plc
  • Dynetics, Inc.
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • IAI Group
  • MBDA
  • Rheinmetall AG
The Military Laser Systems Market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period.
  • The increase in military expenditure by several nations across the world is propelling the growth of the market. The military applications of lasers are increasing. Lasers are used by soldiers in laser designators, sights, and rangefinders and in border security in threat and perimeter breach detection systems and in threat mitigation and weapon guidance.
  • In addition, laser directed energy weapon systems are a very cost-effective, high speed and highly accurate method to take out aerial threats compared to using a highly expensive missile to destroy incoming threats such as drones. Their relative ease of use and technological superiority is driving their adoption in several weapon programs across the globe.
Key Market Trends

Directed Energy Weapons Segment Projected to Exhibit the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

The directed energy weapons segment currently has the largest share in the market. The segment is also projected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The innovations in multiple kilowatt laser combination techniques, beam control technology for energy adjustment, and the use of artificial intelligence are propelling the growth of laser directed energy weapons. Defense firms and organizations are investing in the development and research of kilowatt laser defense systems to provide cover against aerial threats. The directed energy weapons segment will see a surge in the future owing to the arms race between the global military powerhouses. The United States plans to install laser defense weapon system HELIOS (High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-Dazzler with Surveillance) on its destroyers from 2021. These systems will enhance the defense against hypersonic projectiles that can evade even the AEGIS missile defense system, thereby enhancing the aerial defense capabilities of the military. Such developments are expected to propel the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

North America to Continue its Market Dominance

North America held the largest share in the market in 2019, primarily due to the high demand for these systems from the US. The country has put forth several programs in recent years aimed at developing laser-based weapon technologies. The military is currently aiming to install various laser-based weapon and defense systems on ground vehicles, ships, as well as aircraft. In 2019, the US Army started working on equipping Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters with Northrop Grumman’s DIRCM (Directional Infrared Countermeasure) systems to provide protection against man-portable air defense systems and other heat-seeking projectiles. Additionally, the US Army is also developing the most powerful laser weapon to date, under the Indirect Fires Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) program. The 300-kilowatt weapon, once successfully developed, will be enough to destroy targets as large as incoming cruise missiles. The US Army plans to demonstrate the weapon capability in 2022 and aims to deliver four operational, 300 kW-class IFPC-HEL prototypes integrated on tactical vehicles to a platoon by 2024. Such developments are expected to boost the market growth of North America during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Prominent players in the military laser systems market include Lockheed Martin Corporation, MBDA, The Boeing Company, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, among others. The growing adoption of military laser systems across the globe is accredited to growing collaboration and partnerships between various defense manufacturers. The use of laser technologies is growing rapidly in the military, with a lot of scope for innovation. Players are developing several types of advanced laser systems to attract new customers. In February 2020, Rafael tested its Drone Dome C-UAS (Counter Unmanned Aerial System) during which the system identified and intercepted multiple moving UAVs using a high-powered laser beam. The development of such technologies will help the growth of the players in the market during the forecast period.

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  • BAE Systems plc
  • Dynetics, Inc.
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • IAI Group
  • MBDA
  • Rheinmetall AG
1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

5.1 Technology
5.1.1 Solid State Lasers
5.1.2 Gas Lasers
5.1.3 Other Technologies
5.2 Application
5.2.1 Directed Energy Weapons
5.2.2 Guidance Systems
5.2.3 Laser Sights, Designators and Rangefinders
5.2.4 Other Applications
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 North America United States Canada
5.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Rest of Europe
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 Latin America Mexico Brazil Rest of Latin America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia Israel Rest of Middle-East and Africa

6.1 Vendor Market Share
6.2 Company Profiles
6.2.1 Lockheed Martin Corporation
6.2.2 Raytheon Technologies Corporation
6.2.3 Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Limited
6.2.4 The Boeing Company
6.2.5 Rheinmetall AG
6.2.6 MBDA
6.2.7 Northrop Grumman Corporation
6.2.8 Dynetics, Inc.
6.2.9 IAI Group
6.2.10 BAE Systems plc
6.2.11 Thales Group
6.2.12 Elbit Systems Ltd.

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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Raytheon Technologies Corporation
  • Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Limited
  • The Boeing Company
  • Rheinmetall AG
  • MBDA
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Dynetics, Inc.
  • IAI Group
  • BAE Systems plc
  • Thales Group
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
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