Directed Energy Weapons – Thematic Intelligence

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Directed Energy Weapons Thematic Overview

Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs) are now rapidly transitioning from the sphere of experimental technologies to the actual battlefield as they reach a sufficient level of maturity to warrant deployment. The potential benefits of DEWs in terms of cost-saving, logistics, and accuracy have long been extolled by technical specialists around the globe. In recent years, militaries such as China, Israel, Russia, the UK, and the US have finally been capable of fielding those technologies through integration with existing platforms or capabilities. As concerns over the capabilities of peer-level adversaries continue to mount, the pressure to achieve and retain technological overmatch continues to drive investment in this sector from an increasingly diverse range of military organizations.

The DEWs thematic intelligence report provides an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the Directed Energy Weapons theme. It also covers the investment opportunities for armed forces, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole soldier modernization value chain.

Report Pages 65
Regions Covered Global
Key Types ·       Laser Weapons Systems (LWS)

·       High Powered Microwave Weapons (HPMW)

·       High Powered Sonic Weapons (HPSW)

·       Particle Beam Weapons (PBW)

Leading Companies ·       BAE Systems

·       Boeing

·       Dynetics

Disruptor Companies ·       AECOM

·       Advanced Technologies International

·       China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC)

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Directed Energy Weapons – Trend

The main trends shaping the directed energy weapons theme over the next 12 to 24 months are classified into technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.

Technology trends: The main technology trends shaping the DEWs theme are the proliferation of unmanned platforms, the emergence of hypersonic missile technology, rise in the development & deployment of DEWs, procurement of dual-purpose technologies and multi-role systems, and beam combining to enhance the power of HELs.

Macroeconomic trends: The main macroeconomic trends shaping the DEWs theme are the focus on ESG and cost-saving and rising defense budgets.

Regulatory trends: The main regulatory trends shaping the DEWs theme are concerns for anti-personnel lasers, collateral damage related to the use of DEWs, and regulations for the usage of DEWs for law enforcement missions.

Directed Energy Weapons – Industry Analysis

Global-directed energy weapons spending was valued at US$4.1 billion in 2020. The increasing integration of DEWs with land, air, and naval warfare platforms, coupled with growing investment in research & development activities, are major drivers for this market. Countries such as the US, the UK, China, Russia, Israel, India, Turkey, and South Korea have been developing DEWs based on high-energy lasers and high-power microwave and sonic wave energy with increasing consistency, as each seeks to achieve transformative and reliable capabilities that will ensure their strategic deterrence or dominance over the coming decades.

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The DEW analysis also covers:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Timeline

Directed Energy Weapons - Value Chain Analysis

Due to the relative novelty and technical complexity of developing combat-capable DEWs, the value chain for this thematic remains quite simple. The various sub-markets and chains are categorized based on the type of DEW. The different types of DEWs laser weapons systems, high powered microwave weapons, high powered sonic weapons, particle beam weapons, and systems integrators.

Laser weapons systems: The laser weapons systems value chain is the largest and currently most profitable section of the global DEW market. This is because governments worldwide have heavily prioritized the development of laser technology due to its modularity and relative technological maturity compared to sonic or particle-based DEWs. Due to the diverse range of different LWS on the market today, there is a myriad of smaller value chains and areas of niche expertise that companies can seek to exploit to gain access to this market.

Directed Energy Weapons - Competitive Landscape

Some of the leading DEW companies:

  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • Dynetics

Some of the disruptor companies:

  • Advanced Technologies International
  • China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC)

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Defense Sector Scorecard

The defense sector scorecard approach predicts tomorrow’s leading companies within each sector. Our sector scorecards have three screens: a thematic screen, a valuation screen, and a risk screen.

Defense Sector Scorecard Analysis

Defense Sector Scorecard Analysis

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  • The key defense challenges that forces and defense sector suppliers face are covered.
  • The investment opportunities for armed forces, suppliers, and institutional investors, across the whole soldier modernization value chain are covered.
  • Highlights from the range of different loitering munitions programs currently being undertaken by various defense companies.

Key Highlights

• Studies of emerging technological trends and their broader impact on the defense market.

• Analysis of the various directed energy weapons programs currently under development, as well hostorical directed energy research initiatives.

Reasons to Buy

  • Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
  • Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the Directed Energy Weapons theme.
  • Understanding how spending on directed energy weapons will fit into the overall market and which spending areas are being prioritized.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Players
  • 3. Technology Briefing

    • 3.1. Types of directed energy weapons
    • 3.2. Directed energy weapons in combat

  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Technology trends
    • 4.2. Macroeconomic trends
    • 4.3. Regulatory trends
    • 4.4. Hiring trends
    • 4.5. Patent trends

  • 5. Industry Analysis

    • 5.1. Market size and growth forecasts
    • 5.2. Mergers and acquisitions
    • 5.3. Case studies
    • 5.4. Timeline

  • 6. Value Chain

    • 6.1. Laser weapons systems
    • 6.2. High powered microwave weapons
    • 6.3. High powered sonic weapons
    • 6.4. Particle beam weapons
    • 6.5. Systems integrators

  • 7. Companies

    • 7.1. Leading companies
    • 7.2. Disruptor companies

  • 8. Sector Scorecards

    • 8.1. Aerospace, defense & security sector scorecard

  • 9. Glossary
  • 10. Further Reading
  • 11. Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 12. About GlobalData
  • 13. Contact Us

Frequently asked questions

  • What are the types of the DEW?

    The different types of DEWs are laser weapons systems, high powered microwave weapons, high powered sonic weapons, particle beam weapons, and systems integrators.

  • What are the different categories of DEW technologies?

    DEW technologies can be divided into four distinct categories based on the specific types of energy they employ. These are laser weapons systems (LWS), particle beam weapons (PBW), high-power microwave weapons (HPMW), and high-power sonic weapons (HPSW), each of which possesses unique characteristics and challenges in terms of development, manufacturing, and operation.

  • Who are the leading companies in the DEW theme?

    Some of the leading companies of DEW are BAE Systems, Boeing, and Dynetics among others.

  • Who are the disruptor companies in the DEW theme?

    Some of the disruptor companies in the DEW theme are AECOM, Advanced Technologies International, and China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) among others.

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