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Directed Energy Weapons Market, Forecast to 2023

Directed Energy Weapons Market, Forecast to 2023

A new era of advanced weaponry is evolving and has prompted the US Department of Defense (DoD), along with several national laboratories and defense agencies to accelerate the development of directed energy (DE) for use as weapons. Hypersonic and ballistic missiles, unmanned aerial vehicle swarms, and improvised terror attacks are some of the most significant threats to US air, ground, naval, and space assets. The development of high energy lasers (HELs) and electromagnetics (EMs) will arm the US arsenal with a low-cost solution. In addition, DE weapons will have an extended magazine capable of multiple shots at multiple targets whose only limitation will be power. US defense spending on this emerging market is ready to flourish. US adversaries such as China and Russia also work toward their own DE developments.

The US DoD defines DE as an umbrella term covering technologies that produce concentrated electromagnetic energy and atomic or subatomic particles. A DE weapon is a system using DE primarily as a means to incapacitate, damage, disable, or destroy enemy equipment, facilities, and/or personnel. It also includes actions taken to protect friendly equipment, facilities, and personnel and retain friendly use of the EM spectrum. With the maturation of DE technology, weaponized DE systems are becoming more prolific, powerful, and a significant subset of the electronic warfare (EW) mission area. DE examples include active denial technology, lasers, radio frequency (RF) weapons, and DE anti-satellite and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapon systems.

This research reviews the developing DE weapons market within the US Defense industry. Although laser technology has been in existence since the early 1960s, and microwave even earlier than that, present trends within the DoD are focused on the further development of these capabilities into operational weapons.

Spending forecasts are based on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget requests, which in this case are isolated to RDTE funding. Readers should bear this in mind as this type of spending is based on progress of some programs, termination of projects that prove a hypothesis, and the initiation of new advanced programs effected by results of finished initiatives. Market share for this effort is established by use of government contracts awarded within FY 2017, which is the established base year for this effort. However, because this research took place near the end of FY 2018, additional contracts awarded during FY 2018 and competitor activity are included to furnish readers a better insight into the make-up of this developing market. Note: The cutoff date of research data for this effort is 31 Aug 2018.

The research is segmented by the defense service agencies involved in the development of DE weapons under four distinct venues: air, land, sea, and space. As such, this effort will analyze how the US Air Force, Army, Navy, and Joint organizations are investing funds in the development of this fast emerging market.

Key Issues Addressed
How much funding is the DoD investing in the development of DE weapons and what agencies are involved?
Which companies are directly participating with the DoD in the development of DE weapons systems and what key roles are they playing?
What factors are driving or restraining the development of DE weapons systems?
What specific opportunities exist while DE weapons are being developed?
As more prototypes become available for testing where will opportunities evolve in manufacturing these systems?
What types of companies will make up an industrial base to support the progression and sustainment of a DE weapons market?


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Market Overview
    • Market Definitions
    • Key Questions this Study will Answer
    • Market Segmentation
  • Drivers and Restraints—Total DE Weapons Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
  • Forecasts and Trends—Total DE Weapons Market
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Total DE Weapons Market—Spending Forecast
      • Table Total DE Weapons Market: Spending Forecast, US, 2017–2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis—Total DE Weapons Market
    • Market Share
    • Market Share Analysis
      • Table Total DE Weapons Market: Company Market Share Analysis of Top Participants, US, 2017
    • Market Share Trend
    • Competitive Environment
    • Top Competitors
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
    • Growth Opportunity 1—Targeting and Damage Assessment
    • Growth Opportunity 2—Modeling and Simulation
    • Growth Opportunity 3—Energy Storage
    • Strategic Imperatives for DE Weapon Providers
  • Air Force Segment Analysis
    • Air Force Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Air Force Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Air Force Spending Forecast
      • Table Air Force Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017–2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Army Segment Analysis
    • Army Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Army Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, Global, 2017
    • Army Spending Forecast
      • Table Army Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017–2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Joint Forces Segment Analysis
    • Joint Forces Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Joint Forces Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Joint Forces Spending Forecast
      • Table Joint Forces Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017–2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Navy Segment Analysis
    • Navy Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Navy Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2017
    • Navy Spending Forecast
      • Table Navy Segment: Spending Forecast, US, 2017–2023
    • Spending Forecast Discussion
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word—3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology

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