GVR Report cover Military Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Military Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Body Armor, Tactical Vest, Combat Helmet, Eye Protection, Life Safety Jacket, RPE), By End Use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Jul, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-772-8
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 126

Report Overview

The global military personal protective equipment market size was valued at USD 12.02 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3% from 2020 to 2027. Rising focus of defense agencies to ensure soldier safety and security along with increased spending on military activities is projected to drive demand over the forecast period.

U.S. military personal protective equipment market size

The military Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refer to the body armor, tactical vests, eye protection, respiratory devices, advanced combat helmets, gloves, and foot wares worn by military personals during combat or in training. The purpose of this PPE is to protect military personnel from physical, biological, chemical, and radioactive hazards.

U.S. is one of the prominent markets for military PPE and was the largest military spender in the world in 2019 with an expenditure of USD 732 billion -accounting for 38% of global military spending. The United States Armed Forces is the third-largest military in the world, which includes the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The increased expenditure on defense by the country is projected to drive the military PPE market.

The rise in military spending in China can be attributed to the country’s economic growth. The growing tension between China and U.S. significantly boosted military spending in these countries. In addition, increasing instances of warfare and border disputes in the Asia Pacific countries such as India, China, and Pakistan are anticipated to boost the regional demand for PPE over the forecast period.

Rising technological advancements have resulted in boosting the penetration of personal protective equipment in the military. Development of robust, lightweight, highly efficient, and compact protective equipment suitable for numerous defense operations is further projected to drive the market in the forthcoming years.

Increasing terrorism and cross-border criminal activities have triggered asymmetric warfare amongst different nations globally and this is expected to further increase product demand. The novel coronavirus pandemic has compelled the military to extend their infection control measures, which is anticipated to drive the demand for protective equipment including respiratory protection, eye and face protection, and gloves over the forecast period.

Product Insights

Body armor segment dominated the global military personal protective equipment market and accounted for 20.7% of the total demand in 2019 on account of growing demand for ballistic protection suits along with the rise in asymmetric warfare in numerous countries including U.S., China, and India. Body armors are used to protect military personal against lethal weapons.

Eye protection product segment projected to witness significant growth, registering a CAGR of 7.6% over the forecast period. Eye protection segment includes safety glasses, goggles, sunglasses, shields, and night vision eyewear systems. Laser protection eyewear and night vision devices are projected drive segmental growth over the forecast period.

Combat helmet is vital protective equipment for the military. It used to enhance a soldier’s ballistic and impact protection. The defense agencies are heavily adopting combat helmets to protect soldiers from head injuries caused due to IED explosions, gunshots, and shrapnel. The market is anticipated to be driven by growing demand for lightweight and tactical helmets across the numerous countries including the U.S., China, Russia, and India.

Respiratory protection segment projected to witness robust growth over the forecast period on account of increasing threat of chemical, biological, and radiological warfare across the globe. Furthermore, growing adoption of improved outer tactical vests, pelvic protection, life safety jackets, gloves, and foot protection for solder safety and security are projected to drive the market demand over the forecast period.

End-use Insights

Army as an end-use segment dominated the market by accounting for a share of 54.9% of the total market revenue in 2019. Numerous defense agencies in developed countries including U.S., France, and Canada are laying high importance on improving personal protection for ground troops and armed forces and are aiming to upgrade the conventional protective equipment, which, in turn, projected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

The recent progression of the industry has been driven by the augmented role of ground troops in operations in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. The proliferation of guerrilla tactics and IEDs has put ground forces at bigger risk in their operations, creating high demand for protective equipment for the army. Furthermore, increasing demand for unique and upgraded PPE by defense officers in both combat and other situations is anticipated to boost the military PPE market.

Global military personal protective equipment market share

The air force segment is anticipated to progress at a CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period. Air force firefighters need to work in most physically demanding conditions. They need to operate or train for physical, radiological, chemical, and biological warfare which is projected to drive the demand for military PPE in air force over the forecast period.

Governments across various countries, such as U.S., Russia, China, and South Korea are investing heavily in order to modernize and strengthen their naval strength which has resulted in launching several auxiliaries, amphibious vessels, warships, and submarines. This has led to the increasing requirement of number of personnel in the naval assets, thereby driving the demand for PPE.

Regional Insights

North America was the largest consumer of military personal protective equipment, accounting for over 35.8% of the total market revenue in 2019 and is expected to witness robust growth over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to higher military spending in countries including the U.S. and Canada in the region. The increasing geopolitical conflicts and irregular warfare between and within different economies are likely to boost the military PPE market in the region.

Asia Pacific market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 11.5% over the forecast period. Increasing instances of warfare and border disputes in the Asia Pacific countries such as India, China, and Pakistan are projected to drive the demand for PPE over the forecast period. China announced a plan to procure 1.4 million units of body armor with plates till 2022, which is projected to boost the regional product demand.

Europe market for military personal protective equipment has been witnessing robust growth rate over the forecast period. Increased spending on military spending for safety and security of military personal in major economies in the region including Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, and Russia is anticipated to drive the demand for military PPE in the region over the forecast period.

Middle East and Africa have witnessed significant terrorist activity in the fast few years. Several countries including Israel, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, and UAE have been witnessing persistent incidences of terrorism. As a result, an increase in government spending, in terms of defense expenditure, is anticipated to boost the demand for military PPE over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is highly competitive in nature with the presence of both global and regional companies. The companies engage in continuous research and development and implementation of new designs to manufacture products using innovative and optimum quality materials to comply with the rising demand from end-users. The industry focuses on activities to develop new technologies, for instance, usage of nanotechnology materials to produce flexible and lightweight armors is one of the trends that benefitting the market expansion. Some of the prominent players in the military personal protective equipment market include:

  • 3M Company.

  • Honeywell International

  • ArmorWorks

  • Eagle Industries

  • BAE Systems

  • DuPont

  • DSM

  • Armorsource

  • MSA Safety

  • Revision Military

  • Gentex Corporation

  • Ansell

  • MKU Limited

  • Avon Protection Systems, Inc.

  • Ballistic Body Armor Pty

Military Personal Protective Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 13.42 Billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 28.33 Billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 11.3% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product; end-use; region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; Italy; Russia; U.K.; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; Israel; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

3M Company; Honeywell International; ArmorWorks; Eagle Industries; BAE Systems; DuPont; DSM; Armorsource; MSA Safety; Revision Military; Gentex Corporation; Ansell; MKU Limited; Avon Protection Systems, Inc.; Ballistic Body Armor Pty

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global military personal protective equipment market report on the basis of product, end use, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • Body Armor

    • Tactical Vest

    • Eye Protection

    • Combat Helmet

    • Life Safety Jacket

    • Pelvic Protection

    • Respiratory Protection

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • Army

    • Navy

    • Air Force

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Russia

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • Israel

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