Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Defense – Thematic Research

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As per the estimates, in 2021, the global chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) defense market is estimated to value $12.5 billion. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during 2021-2025. The market consists of CBRN protection, detection, decontamination, disposal, and simulation equipment, and is expected to witness a moderate increase during the forecast period, primarily due to the modernization initiatives planned in North America and Europe and threats from terrorism and hostile neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions.

CBRN protection equipment is expected to account for the majority of the global CBRN defense market, followed by detection and decontamination systems, and CBRN disposal and simulation segments are expected to account for a relatively low share of the CBRN defense market over the forecast period. Investment in CBRN detection is expected to witness the highest level of global spending in the CBRN defense market.

Overview of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) defense market

Overview of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) defense market

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What are the market dynamics of the CBRNE defense market?

The Covid-19 pandemic illustrated how the world is vulnerable and unprepared for potential CBRNE threats. In the wake of the Covid-19 experience, demand for counter CBRNE research investments and procurements are expected to grow. In order to increase reaction time against the threats and mitigate their adverse effects, breakthrough technologies such as AI, the internet of things (IoT), advanced materials, nanotechnology, and remote sensing will be leveraged in novel CBRNE solutions.

It is known that terrorist groups want to procure CBRNE materials and carry out sensational actions that will impact the world, especially in Europe and the USA. Emerging unmanned vehicle technology enables them to carry out multiple and simultaneous chemical and biological attacks at a low cost and from a significant standoff distance. The US and European countries are witnessing an increasing trend towards the provision of body armor and personal protection to first responders, such as EMT/EMS personnel and firefighters. This trend is being stimulated by the growing need to enhance the capabilities of the personnel who are responding to casualties in the aftermath of extremists’ attacks. In addition, increasing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats coupled with the country’s efforts on peacekeeping missions are further expected to drive the procurement of protective clothing products over the forecast period. With a number of bomb-making manuals easily available on the internet, any terrorist organization or individual can manufacture one at home if they have CBRNE materials. Given these factors, a number of countries are expected to increase their expenditure on CBRNE defense in anticipation of CBRNE attacks arising from smuggled CBRNE material.

What are the CBRN defense market segments?

The CBRN defense market is segmented into CBRN detection, CBRN protection, CBRN decontamination, CBRN disposal, and CBRN simulation and training. CBRN protection accounts for the largest share in the CBRN defense market during the forecast period, followed by CBRN detection, CBRN decontamination, CBRN simulation and training, and CBRN disposal.

Investment in CBRN detection is expected to witness the highest level of global spending in the CBRN defense market. The market for CBRN decontamination is mostly driven by the procurement of mobile and stationary decontamination units by major defense spending countries. In order to maintain emergency response readiness, the countries are expected to invest substantially in CBRN simulation and training activities for all departments of the armed forces as well as for internal security organizations.

What is the CBRNE value chain segmentation?

The CBRNE industry value chain can be split into four segments: CBRNE types, CBRNE defense components layer, CBRNE defense sub-components layer, and end-user layer.

Among the four segments, the area of focus is the CBRNE defense sub-components layer. It is further segmented into:

  • Detection and identification – The CBRNE detection segment consists of equipment and systems which aim at establishing the release or presence of a CBRNE substance in a given area or location.
  • Protection – CBRNE protection segment consists of equipment and systems which aid in preventing CBRNE threats and hazards from having an adverse effect on personnel, equipment, critical assets, and facilities.
  • Decontamination – CBRNE decontamination segment consists of equipment and systems that reduce or remove CBRNE contamination, so they are no longer considered hazards.
  • Disposal – CBRNE disposal consists of processes and systems, including packaging, storage, transfers, removal of waste and debris, and bomb disposal.
  • Software – CBRNE software integrates CBRN specialist tools and sensors with C4I Systems to accelerate the CBRN reporting, calculation, and warning time, visualize warnings in hazardous areas and compile CBRN common operational picture.
  • Simulation and training – CBRNE simulation and training consist of processes and systems that help to make CBRNE respondents and emergency teams aware of the various skills and knowledge required for CBRNE defense.
  • Consultancy and system design – CBRNE consultancy and system design consist of a holistic approach to operational requirements and use R&D and innovation to shape tomorrow’s CBRNE response solutions.

Which are the key companies in the CBRNE defense market?

The major companies in the CBRNE market include AirBoss Defense, Allen Vanguard, Argon Electronics, Avon Rubber, Babcock, BAE Systems Maritime, Battelle, Bruhn Newtech, Bioquell, and Blucher.

Market report scope

Market size (Year – 2021) $12.50 billion
Growth rate CAGR of >4% from 2021 to 2025
Base year for estimation 2021
Forecast period 2021-2025
Key Companies AirBoss Defense, Allen Vanguard, Argon Electronics, Avon Rubber, Babcock, BAE Systems Maritime, Battelle, Bruhn Newtech, Bioquell, and Blucher
Key Segments CBRN Detection, CBRN Protection, CBRN Decontamination, CBRN Disposal and CBRN Simulation, and Training
Key Value Chain segments CBRNE Types, CBRNE Defense Components Layer, CBRNE Defense Sub-Components Layer, and End-User Layer

This report is a thematic analysis of the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) defense market. It provides:

  • An understanding of the prevalence of terrorism worldwide increases the risk that terrorist strategies will evolve from traditional methods such as suicide attacks to biological, chemical, radioactive, and nuclear attacks, which are potentially much more dangerous
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