Explosive Detectors Market

Explosive Detectors Ecosystem Poised for Significant Growth as Governments and Private Organizations Invest Heavily in Security Infrastructure

Explosive Detectors Market by Product (Handheld Detectors, Vehicle Mounted and Robotics)

Report ID: PMRREP33394

Number of Pages: 250

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Industry: Semiconductor Electronics

Published Date: March-2023

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Explosive Detectors Market Outlook (2022 to 2032)

Global Explosive Detectors Market Sales reached a valuation of US$ 7.6 billion in 2021. As per the study, demand for explosive detectors went up to US$ 8.2 billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2022 to 2032. Further, the study predicts, sales will surpass US$ 16.9 billion by the end of the forecast period (2022 to 2032).

The portable type of explosive detectors system is expected to generate significant revenue. It is forecasted that portable type will hit a projected CAGR of over 7.4% from 2022 to 2032. This growth for portable explosive detectors is attributed to their ease of use and portability, making them suitable for various applications.

Increasing instances of illegal geo-strategic warfare activities have led to the adoption of advanced explosive detection technologies for aviation, defense, and law enforcement sector. These detectors have become an essential tool in ensuring public safety and security, and is expected to grow end use industry market at 7.3% CAGR in the forecast period.

North America is expected to hold a significant market share in the explosive detectors segment, owing to the region's high demand for security and safety equipment. Additionally, the presence of several key players in the region is expected to drive the growth at a valuation of US$ 6.7 million by 2032.

In terms of technology, the trace detector segment is expected to witness growth during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the technology's high sensitivity and accuracy, making it suitable for the detection of trace amounts of explosives.

The high cost of explosive detection systems and the need for skilled personnel to operate these systems can hinder market growth. Despite these challenges, the market is expected to grow steadily during the 2022 to 2032.

By the forecast period, it will be interesting to witness growth of China and South Korea market which is projected to grow at 8.5% and 7.9% CAGR, respectively.

Attributes Details

Explosive Detectors Market Estimated Value (2022E)

US$ 8.2 billion

Projected Market Value (2032F)

US$ 16.9 billion

Projected CAGR Value (2017 to 2021E)

8.4 %

USA Market CAGR Value (2022 to 2032F)

6.4 %

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Explosive Detectors Demand Analysis  (2017 to 2021) Vs Sales Forecast (2022 to 2032)

Persistence Market Research (PMR), in its latest report, reveals that the value of the explosive detectors increased by around 8.4% CAGR in the historical period of 2017 and 2021. With an absolute $ opportunity of US$ 8.7 billion during the forecast period, the market is projected to reach a US$ 16.9 billion valuation by 2032.

This skyrocketing growth is the result of increased demand in portable type which is projected to moderately grow by 7.4% CAGR by 2032. Adding up, the predominant traction as per the end use industry statistics will be witnessed in military and defense sector.

The market projection, from US$ 8.2 billion (estimated in 2022) to US$ 16.9 billion (forecast for 2022 to 2032), explosive detector market will see a turnaround in its Y-o-Y growth trajectory.

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Top Explosive Detectors Market Trends Listed by Persistence Market Research

  • Explosive detectors are designed with high efficiency for trace as well as bulk amounts of explosive materials using technologies such as X-rays.
  • With the rise in terrorism, the need for explosive detectors across variety of industries like transportation, aviation, military, and law enforcement agencies has increased.
  • Advancements in explosive detectors and technologies, such as laser spectroscopy and thermal neutron activation, are continuously improving the precision and reliability of this technology.
  • There were around 8,117 terrorist attacks around the world in the year 2018 which rose to around 10,172 terror attacks in the year 2020.
  • Governments worldwide are implementing stringent regulations for explosive detectors in public spaces and transportation systems to mitigate the risk of terrorist attacks.
  • The surge in demand for security systems, including explosive detectors, is rising due to increasing air travel and the public's growing awareness of security and safety.
  • The global defense spending has increased from US$ 1.5 trillion in 2018 to around US $ 2.1 trillion in 2022, which is projected to fuel the demand for explosive detectors.
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Which Region is Projected to Offer Significant Opportunity for Explosive Detectors Market?

North America had an estimated explosive detectors sales of US$ 3 million in 2021 and has an estimated market size of US$ 3.2 million in 2022. By 2032, the explosive detector segment is projected to hit US$ 6.7 billion.

The historical CAGR between 2017 and 2021 is 33%. The forecasted CAGR till 2032 is expected to be 40.2%.This exponential growth of the market is due to the precautionary measures and demand of North American citizens after the World Trade Centre (WTC) crash in 2001.

North American nations have prioritized the safety and security of their citizens very seriously since that attack.

In order to procure equipment such as handheld detectors, and vehicle-mounted detectors that are required to safeguard their nation, the governments in the region are increasing their defense budgets.

The combined defense budget of all the countries in North American region in 2021 was around US$ 827 billion. With the rising security threat, the demand for the explosive detector market is projected to expand.

Country-wise Insights:

Why is the Demand for Explosive Detector Market Increasing in the United States of America?

Demand for explosive detectors in the United States of America is expected to grow to be worth US$ 5.3 billion with an absolute $ growth of US$ 2.4 billion till 2032. The market has grown at a CAGR of 6.9% from 2017 to 2021and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2022 to 2032.

In the United States of America, the civil aviation industry has dramatically emerged as the country’s significant industry over the past few years.

Now, it can be broadly classified into scheduled air transport service comprising domestic and international airlines, nonscheduled air transport service consisting of charter and air taxi operators, and air cargo service, which includes cargo and mail air transportation.

Other forms of public transport such as the United States of America’s railways and metro system play a vital role in the country’s economy. These assets are termed critical assets therefore these are heavily protected, leading to high demand for explosive detectors during the assessment period.

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is primarily responsible for the protection of airports as well as other public transport systems in the country. TSA was allocated a budget of around US$ 7.8 billion, which has increased to around US$ 8.8 billion. Hence, the demand for explosives detectors is projected to increase during the assessment period.

Why is the United Kingdom Explosive Detectors Market on a Moderate rise?

The explosive detectors ecosystem in the United Kingdom is expected to grow to be worth US$ 784.8 million with an absolute $ growth of US$ 373.1 million by 2032. Growing at a CAGR of 7.2 % from 2017 to 2021, the United Kingdom market is expected to moderately grow at a CAGR of 6.7%.

The United Kingdom is a prominent economy with significant defense spending. In 2018 around US$ 55 billion was allocated to the military. This amount rose to around US$ 68 billion in 2021. Since explosive detectors are widely used in military operations, the demand for explosive detectors is projected to expand during the assessment period.

This upsurge in the market is estimated due to the need of detecting and preventing explosives in public places, leading to growth of explosive detector market.

Deployment of advanced technologies such as X-ray scanners, chemical sensors, and trace detectors, among others, for the detection of explosive materials is further expected to fuel the market's expansion.

Will China Become the Manufacturing Hub for Explosives Detectors?

The explosive detectors markets in China is expected to grow to be worth US$ 1.4 billion with an absolute $ growth of US$ 806.3 million till 2032. This market has grown at a CAGR of 9.9% from 2017 to 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2022 to 2032.

In 2018 about US$ 232 billion was allocated to the Chinese defense. This amount rose to around US$ 293 billion by 2021. Since explosive detectors are widely used in military applications, this rise in defense spending opened up new avenues for expansion of explosive detectors across various industries.

Three primary reasons that indicate the rise of China as explosive detectors manufacturing hub includes large industrial base, heavy R&D investment and low production cost.

Why are Sales of Explosive Detectors Surging in South Korea?

The explosive detectors sales in South Korea is expected to grow to be worth US$ 681.8 million with an absolute $ growth of US$ 363.1 million till 2032. The explosive detector demand in South Korea has grown at a CAGR of 9.2% from 2017 to 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.9% from 2022 to 2032.

As threat of terrorism has increased, there is a rising demand of security in public places like airports and government buildings along with efficient cargo and vehicle screening. This has led South Korean government to invest in building its security infrastructure.

In the year 2018, South Korea had a defense budget of around US$ 43 billion which increased to around US$ 50 billion. With the rise in defense spending, the demand for explosive detectors is projected to expand during the assessment period.

Category-wise Insights

Which Type of Explosive Detector is Projected to Witness Significant Growth?

The portable type explosive detectors sales are estimated at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2017 to 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2022 to 2032.

With the continuous advancements in technology, portable explosive detectors are becoming accurate and efficient. The use of advanced sensors, spectroscopy techniques, and artificial intelligence has enhanced the performance of these detectors, increasing its demand.

As the terrorism threat has increased, there is an increasing need for enhanced security measures, particularly in public places and government organization. Portable explosive detectors are an integral part of these security measures, and their demand is expected to rise in the coming years.

Which End-use Industry Using Explosive Detectors is Expected to be Most Lucrative?

The explosive detectors used in military and defense are projected to witness prominent growth as it has grown at a CAGR of 8.0% from 2017 to 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2022 to 2032.

As there are high technology advancements in explosives, military and defense industry are always on a lookout for advanced explosive detectors. This has increased the demand of the market and is expected to grow in the forecast period.

As result, explosive detector manufacturers have the opportunity to collaborate with the military and defense industry and develop innovative solutions to meet their specific requirments. This has also resulted into military and defense industry turning as the as the most lucrative segment for the necessary market.

Competitive Analysis:

Key players are investing heavily in research and development for new products that provide better threat detection. The companies are also focusing on product launches to augment their market positions.

For example,

  • In November 2019 - FLIR Systems Inc. announced the launch of its new FLIR Fido X4, a premium handheld explosives trace detector. It has a true trace technology which includes a new five-channel sensor array that provides expanded threat coverage.
  • In September 2019 – Smiths Detection announced that it has secured a contract from the Transport security Administration (TSA) to provide checkpoint CT systems to TSA to improve the detection of explosive components.
  • In August 2019 - Smiths Detection announced that it has deployed an integrated X-Ray system that has auto-detection software for explosives and weapons at Harbourfront station during an exercise. It has a unique automated clearance mode and remote screening that detects key threats such as weapons and explosives without human intervention.

Scope of the Report

Attribute Details

Estimated Market Size (2022)

US$ 8.2 billion

Projected Market Valuation (2032)

US$ 16.9 billion

Value-based CAGR (2022 to 2032)


Forecast Period

2022 to 2032

Historical Data Available for

2017 to 2021

Market Analysis

Value (US$ billion)

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Middle East and Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • China
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Middle East and Africa
  • United Arab Emirates
  • South Korea
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Rest of the World

Key Segments Covered

  • Type
  • Products
  • Component
  • Industry

Key Companies Profiled

  • Zebra Technologies Corporation
  • Spectra Systems
  • Molex Inc.
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Politronica Inkjet Printing S.r.l
  • Vubiq Networks Inc.
  • Ensurge Micropower ASA
  • TagSense Inc.
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V.

Report Coverage

  • Market Forecast
  • Company Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

Global Explosive Detectors Market Segmentation:

By Type:

  • Fixed
  • Portable

By Product:

  • Handheld Detectors
  • Vehicle Mounted
  • Robotics

By Offering:

  • Trace Detection
  • Bulk Detection

By End-Use Industries:

  • Military & Defense
  • Governmental Infrastructure
  • Aviation
  • Docks
  • Public Places
  • Transportation

By Region:

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa

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Companies Covered in This Report

  • Westminster International Ltd.
  • Analogic Corporation
  • Chemring group PLC
  • FLIR Systems, Inc.
  • NOVO DR Ltd.
  • L-3 Technologies Inc.
  • Cobham PLC
  • Nuctech Company Ltd.
  • OSI Systems Inc.
  • Smiths Detection

Frequently Asked Questions

The global market size of the explosive detectors was worth US$ 7.6 billion in 2022.

In 2022, the global market size of explosive detectors is projected to hit valuation of US$ 8.2 billion.

The valuation of the explosive detectors in 2032 will be US$ 16.9 billion.

The CAGR growth of the explosive detectors over the last 4 years is 8.4%.

The projected CAGR for explosive detectors ecosystem is 7.5%.

The explosive detectors systems used in military & defense will garner a significant value share by 2032.

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