The colossal rise in terrorist attacks, in the wake of growing socio-political vulnerabilities, has surfaced towering concerns regarding the safety of defense personnel. Developing countries such as China and India are persistently using their best endeavors on modernizing their legacy military equipment by heavily expending in their defense sectors. As the demand exceeds supply, defense agencies are seen establishing contractual partnerships with military equipment manufacturers to accommodate their specific safety needs.
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In a landscape, where safety is exceeding its status as a sheer need, the body armor market remains under the shield of lucrativeness, given the influences of technological reforms such as non-Newtonian fluid used for liquid body armors. The development of covert body armors, with their bullet- and stab-resistant characteristics, have managed to infiltrate into the end-user space, wherein, anonymity remains a priority. Sensing the evolutionary nature of the body armor market, Transparency Market Research, in its latest study, unfolds the qualitative and quantitative dynamics, in the form of actionable intelligence, to assist stakeholders in forming long-term growth strategies.
Estimating the Evolution of the Body Armor Market
Body armors have come a long way from being developed using animal hides and coconut palm fibers, to steel, and now composite ceramics. In 2018, 3,500 thousand body armors were sold across the globe, which corresponded to a value of nearly US$ 2,300 Mn, thereby keeping the interest of market players intact towards product innovation.
Manufacturers are safeguarding their position by embracing trends involving the development of new materials, such as aramid and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), to achieve high strength-to-weight ratios. However, their abilities are put to test, as the weight of the armor restricts the swift movement of soldiers.
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With innovation being the only solution to reduce weight without degrading the quality of the armor, market frontrunners leverage R&D activities to develop soft variants with high flexibility and durability. Moving forward, the potential application of nanotechnology in the development of robust, durable, shock-resistant, and lightweight body armors will safeguard futuristic sales opportunities. Gauging the favorable market scenario, TMR estimates that, the body armor market will register a CAGR of around 4% during the forecast period of 2019-2027.
Persistent innovations in materials and manufacturing technologies have spawned improvements in the strength-to-weight ratios of body armors. Though thicker in nature, steel-based body armors prevent the free movement of soldiers, which has hard pressed manufacturers to move past the heavy variants and capitalize on lightweight materials.
Composite ceramic remains the material of choice for the development of soft body armors, with a competency to withstand even high-caliber ammunition. Nearly half of the body armors around the world that are sold in the defense, law enforcement protection, and civilians segments are developed using composite ceramic, and this percentage is anticipated to persist through to 2027.