Body Armor Market Growth and Opportunities Analysis, Industry Forecast 2025

According to a new market research report published by Credence Research “Body Armor Market(Product Type – Type I, Type II-A, Type II, Type III-A, Type III, Type IV; Material Type – UHMWPE, Steel, Composite Ceramic, Aramid and Others; Application – Defense, Law Enforcement and Others) Market – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2017 – 2025”, the global body armor market is estimated to hit US$ 8.5 Bn by 2025.

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Market Insights

Body armors have been an important part of the defense system and its utility cannot be overlooked considering that it often acts as a life savior. The development of body armors has a come a long way in the manner when earlier it just acted as a shield against not lethal weapons. Today, body armor not only provide protection from lethal weapons but also are technologically advanced and lightweight. The life savior tag associated with body armors makes them highly popular across the defense and law enforcement sectors.

The overall body armor market is primarily driven by the ongoing soldier modernization programs implemented across various countries. Soldier safety is one of the topmost priorities for the defense agencies of any country. In this regard, these agencies are in no manner willing to compromise on the safety of their soldiers. This has emerged as a major factor contributing to the body armor market growth. Moreover, even the law enforcement bodies are in the constant need to upgrade the safety of their police forces, as a result of increasing instances of riots and violence across various countries. In addition, the growing threat of terrorism to has led to increased adoption of body armors.

North America, on account of its various survivability-based soldier modernization programs, is the most important market for body armors. Moreover, the huge size of the U.S. army also impacts the body armor market growth in the region positively. Europe is the second largest market for body armors. The presence of a large number of militarily advanced countries in the region has contributed to this cause. Moreover, the immigration issue being faced across many countries in Europe is also acting as a driver for the body armor market.

The overall body armor market is categorized on the basis of product type, material type, and application. Based on the product types, the market is classified as Type I, Type II-A, Type II, Type III-A, Type III and Type IV. The market is categorized, based on material type, into UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene), steel, composite ceramic, aramid, and others. On the basis of application, the market has been segmented into defense, law enforcement, and others. The others segment includes bodyguards, security guard, and private citizens. As of 2016, the market is led by the defense segment, accounting for more than fifty percent of the total market revenue generated worldwide.

Key Trends

  • Introduction of innovative products, such as modular tactical vests
  • Usage of nanotechnology materials and fibers for manufacturing lightweight and flexible armor
  • Usage of advanced ballistic materials to enhance the survivability

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On the basis of product type, the global body armor market is segmented into the following categories:

  • Type I
  • Type II-A
  • Type II
  • Type III-A
  • Type III
  • Type IV

Their contribution to the global body armor market in 2016 is as shown in the figure below:

Body Armor Market

As of 2016, the overall body armor market is led by the Type IV segment. The segment contributes to more than one-fourth of the total market revenue, as of 2016. Type III and Type III-A follow the Type IV segment, in terms of revenue. The Type IV segment growth is primarily attributed to its wide adoption by militaries across the world considering that they provide the highest levels of protection amongst all the other product types. It is capable of providing protection against 30 caliber armor piercing bullets along with single-hit protection from the type I, type II-A, type II, and type III threat.

During the forecast period, the demand for type II-A body armors is expected to be high as a result of its increasing adoption in the area of law enforcement. It is one of the most popular body armors among the police personnel. The type II-A body armor claims protection against the 40 Smith & Wesson (S&W) ammunition. Moreover, police modernization programs are also acting as a driving factor for the growth of the type II-A body armor segment.

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