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The global body armor and personal protection market is expected to be worth US$XX billion in 2012 and to increase to US$XX billion by 2022, representing a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period. The demand for body armor and personal protection equipment is anticipated to be driven by internal and external security threats, territorial disputes, modernization initiatives, technological innovations, and a general shortage of body armor across the world. Cumulatively, the global market is expected to value US$XX billion during the forecast period. The market is expected to be dominated by North America, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific. Despite the economic downturn in Europe, the region’s share of the global market is projected to increase during the forecast period due to the scheduled deployment of various modernization programs that have been initiated in previous years.
In terms of categories, soft armor is expected to account for the highest proportion of spending in the global body armor and personal protection market, followed by hard armor and protective headgear. The demand for soft armor is anticipated to be higher than other categories because of the research and development programs being conducted across the world in order to develop enhanced combat clothing. Hard armor systems are also expected to witness significant demand due to the growing threat of asymmetrical warfare and significant technological advances in the field.
Soldier survivability propelling the market for body armor and personal protection
The global body armor and personal protection market is estimated to value US$1.5 billion in 2012 and to increase at a CAGR of 4.89% during the forecast period (2012-2022), to reach its peak of US$2.4 billion by 2022. The market consists of three categories of body armor and personal protection: Soft armor, Hard armor, and Protective headgear.
The US military is developing new body armor for female troops to provide them with increased protection on the battlefield. The new outfit is tailored specifically for the female form and consists of more curves in the chest and hips, shorter torsos, and narrower shoulders. The improvements to the existing armor follow concerns about the gear being raised by female soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division, which was deployed to war in 2009.
One of the major areas of emphasis for armies across the world is reducing the weight of body armor and other personal protection equipment used by their troops in combat. Scientists are continuously looking at new materials and composites that offer enhanced protection with less weight. For example, the US Marine Corps is fielding a new helmet that offers 6% more fragmentation protection and the ability to stop 9 mm rounds. It weighs 3 pounds and is about a half-pound lighter than the previous Kevlar helmet.
Reducing the weight of soldier equipment without compromising protection and combat performance is a key challenge for the body armor and personal protection industry. Modernization of soldier systems to protect and empower the soldier has resulted in an exponential increase in the total weight being carried. The combined weight of equipment prevents them from being agile, mobile, and effective war fighters, and the lives of soldiers are being put at risk as heavy life-saving equipment is often being left behind. Defense agencies worldwide are focusing on sourcing and integrating the most affordable, lightweight soldier equipment and technology to reduce the burden to personnel.
One of the major drivers of the body armor and personal protection market is the advent of various technological developments in the field. Recent years have witnessed a transformation in the market primarily by the increasing use of such equipment in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, and Libya. Moreover, the recent nuclear proliferation being carried out by Iran has heightened military tensions between Iran, the US, and Israel. The possible conflict has resulted in the US spending heavily on getting its existing military equipment ready for battle, which in turn is driving the body armor and personal protection industry.
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