Tunnel Detection System Market

Global Market Study on Tunnel Detection Systems: Increasing Defence & Security Infrastructure Spending by Governments to Aid Market Growth

Tunnel Detection System Market Segmented By In-tunnel Scouting Robots, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Ground Robots, Surface Seismic Systems, Microgravity Detection Systems (MDS), UGV Based Systems, Resistive and Tomography, Electromagnetic Systems (w/o GPR) Technology

About the Report

Demand for tunnel detection systems has witnessed substantial growth in recent years, and this trend is projected to continue in the near-term as well, on the back of increasing use in military, metros and railways, highways, prisons, airports, banks, and governmental facilities across the globe.

Demand has grown not just in terms of application in these broad fields of end use but also due to technological advancements in these systems. There has been significant rise in the quality of acoustic equipment and electronic components used to manufacturer tunnel detection systems, because of which, the market grew at a much faster pace than expected.

Moreover, modern warfare tactics have changed drastically, and hence, the threat of terrorism has gained greater urgency in the wake of national security.

In its new study, Persistence Market Research offers insights about key factors fueling the demand for tunnel detection systems. The report tracks global sales in 20+ high-growth markets, where North America, by far, leads the way, followed by Europe.

As far as all technology wise tunnel detection system are concerned, ground penetrating radar (GPR) are the most sought-after across regions. The report also analyzes the impact COVID-19 has had on surveillance industry and military expenditure outlook in general, and tunnel detection systems in particular.

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  • Elpam Electronics Ltd
  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Sensors & Software Inc.
  • US Radar Inc.
  • SensoGuard Ltd.
  • EnTech Engineering Company

What is the Future Outlook on Tunnel Detection Systems in Comparison to Historic Sales?

In earlier times, the market faced challenges such as durability and quality of these systems, product inability to work in certain subsurface terrains, and instruments’ inability to detect much deeper activity under the ground. However, the market gained pace as companies launched advanced products, and the availability of these products became easier for end users across the globe. Manufacturers have been focusing on gaining military contracts as an opportunity for continuous cash flow from the defense sector.

Research & development in tunnel detection systems is anticipated to make significant contributions to market growth over the years to come. Several other new features by existing as well as emerging companies are likely to attract customers from other domains as well.

Owing to the ongoing crisis caused by COVID-19, production and supply chain activities witnessed a slump in 2020. Yet, consumption will improve with economic recovery post-pandemic. Looking at the silver lining, the outbreak of COVID-19 had a positive effect on the demand for tunnel detection systems.

The military never stopped procuring such equipment as a measure to protect against potential threats from terrorist groups around the globe. Nations now are proactively searching for tunnels across borders. Militant forces are gradually turning to tunnels as a means of evading drones and other aerial assets.

Persistence Market Research expects the global tunnel detection system market to expand at around 5% CAGR through 2031.

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What is the Commercial Potential of Tunnel Detection Systems?

Tunnel detection systems are mostly used by militaries and in prisons. These systems are solely used for security and monitoring purposes. Tunnel detection systems play a vital in monitoring the construction of underground secret tunnels.

These tunnels can be potentially used as a medium of human trafficking, plantation of dynamite, theft, and many other illegal activities by terrorist groups or other small or large criminal groups in cities or at borders. Companies are focused on research & development activities in order to provide technologically advanced products to customers.

As criminals are becoming more sophisticated, law enforcement officers and those in the legal system are increasingly using tech tools to combat crime. Prisons also have to be dynamic in terms of security. Tunnel detection system shave found usage in many prisons around the globe, which will be one of the lucrative end users over the years to come.


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Country-wise Insights

Why is Israel a Lucrative Market for Tunnel Detection Systems?

Persistence Market Research has projected Israel to remain one of the most lucrative markets in the Middle East and Africa region for tunnel detection systems throughout the course of the forecast period. One of the key factors supporting this is increasing attacks from other forces in the region, leading to higher demand for tunnel detection systems in the country.

Hostilities between Israel and its neibhouring regions are not new, and have gone on for decades. Essentially, there have been many tunnels found in the country during the last five years, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) predict that there are still numerous tunnels beneath their homes.

Moreover, as technology improves, adversaries have sought to counter such innovation by digging deeper and more complex tunnel systems. The Israel Defense Force will drive demand for tunnel detection systems over the years to come.

What’s the Outlook on the U.S. for Tunnel Detection Systems?

The U.S. is another high demand creator for tunnel detection systems. The end user that creates demand for these systems after the military is the prisons segment. The reason for this is, the American criminal justice system holds as much as four thousand prisons, and there is high need to protect them against the ever-changing types of crimes. Law enforcement agencies and others in the legal system are constantly using technology to fight crime, as criminals become more sophisticated.

The military, on the other hand, is the most prominent end user of tunnel detection systems historically as well will be in future. The military uses these systems in order to locate clandestine tunnels at the borders, essentially on the US-Mexico border. The US-Mexico border has been the epicenter of many illicit activities such as drug smuggling, weapon movement, human trafficking, etc. Moreover, there has been a rise in the number of tunnels discoveries lately.

What’s Driving Sales of Tunnel Detection Systems in India?

After its 26/11 attack, India has seen rising concerns regarding terrorist activities. India’s cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, etc., have attracted crowds from across the world, and are potential sites for terror activities. The government and army are safeguarding these cities so that the general public’s safety is never compromised. As such, tunnel detection systems are one of the instruments used for safeguarding the security of the country.

Moreover, prisons in India are also tunnel detection systems. Many states across India have recently procured for tunnel detection systems. Surface seismic systems are procured the most because these systems have witnessed high technological advancements in the recent past. Tunnel detection systems are also widely used by India along its borders with many countries.

Why Does Russia Witness High Sales of Tunnel Detection Systems?

Persistence Market Research forecasts Russia to be a highly lucrative market for tunnel detection systems. Russia, being one of the nuclear nations, has high threat from neighboring terror groups. These nuclear weapons are usually under the surveillance of government officials or the military. Many facilities in the country have procured for tunnel detection systems in the recent past as a precautionary measure for safeguarding these nuclear weapons. The military also procures these systems for the purpose of securing the borders in the east and south-west.

What’s the Outlook on South Korea for Tunnel Detection Systems?

With the country’s DMZ and high spending on defense infrastructure for internal security, South Korea is understood to be procuring tunnel detection systems in a big way to check any intrusion and extrusion activities related to defence and security in light of neighboring countries and associated geo-politics in the region.

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Which End User Drives Most Demand for Tunnel Detection Systems?

The market share of tunnel detection systems from the military is significant. It accounts for as much as four-fifth of the market share by value. This is due to the fact that the military conducts operations for detecting tunnels across borders, and the need for precision equipment for locating clandestine tunnels is an issue of national importance.

The threat to general public safety will always drive demand for tunnel detection systems. Another factor for growth in sales is that many industries are moving toward automation, and tunnel detection systems fulfill this need precisely, especially after Industry 4.0 norms have been introduced.

Which Technology will Hold Prominent Market Share?

Looking toward demand-side trends, large market players are more into Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) tunnel detection systems. Manufacturers are focusing more on advancements in these devices, thereby boosting sales across regions.

Tunnel detection systems can detect underground voids created by a tunnel, as well as electrical cables or devices within the tunnels, using ground-penetrating-radar (GPR) technology. Many market players are developing this technology to be used on military vehicles or carried by a soldier to an area of interest.

Ground-penetrating-radar (GPR) technology in tunnel detection systems hold as much as one-fourth market share. There is also an increase in sales of surface seismic tunnel detection systems due to the fact that these provide more detailed terrain information, and the industry is moving toward more precision measurement techniques. Over the forecast period, surface seismic tunnel detection systems are expected to witness surging demand.

Competitive Landscape

The tunnel detection system market is moderately competitive in nature, with the presence of a small number of players operating in this space. Some players are focusing on gaining the attention of a specific demography. The market sees robust partnerships throughout the value chain, with high focus on innovations.

Manufacturers are aiming at strategic collaborations with end users to address the requirements of an expanding customer base. New entrants in this space face challenges due to brand awareness and aggressive campaigns. Some of the leading companies operating in this space are:

  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • ELPAM Electronics Ltd.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • SensoGuard
  • US Radar Inc.
  • Sensors & Software Inc.

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

Scope of Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

  • US$ Million for Value
  • Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • The Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • US
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Oceania
  • Israel
  • South Africa

Key Segments Covered

  • Technology
  • Application
  • End User
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Elbit Systems Ltd.
  • ELPAM Electronics Ltd.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Senso Guard
  • US Radar Inc.
  • Sensors & Software Inc.

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  • Market Forecasts
  • Brand Share Analysis
  • Competition Intelligence
  • DROT Analysis
  • Market Dynamics and Challenges
  • Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Market Segmentation by Category

By Technology

  • In-tunnel Scouting Robots
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Ground Robots
  • Surface Seismic Systems
  • Micro gravity Detection Systems (MDS)
  • UGV Based Systems
  • Resistive and Tomography
  • Electromagnetic Systems (w/o GPR)
  • Others

By End User

  • Tunnel Detection Systems for Military
  • Tunnel Detection Systems for Metro & Railways
  • Tunnel Detection Systems for Highways
  • Tunnel Detection Systems for Prisons
  • Tunnel Detection Systems for Airports
  • Tunnel Detection Systems for Banks & Other Government Facilities

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Questions Answered in Report

  • Which is the most lucrative market for tunnel detection systems?

    North America currently leads the global market for tunnel detection systems. Sales in North America will be over three-fifth of the total global share throughout the forecast period.

  • Which is top-selling tunnel detection system?

    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) tunnel detection systems are highly-sought-after for many applications. Demand for Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is expected to remain high in the near future, especially due to their intense penetration across all regions.

  • Which is the most lucrative end user for tunnel detection systems?

    Tunnel detection systems are widely used for military, specifically at borders. This is due to the fact that these systems have the capability to detect clandestine tunnels beneath the surface that can be used for smuggling weapons, drugs, etc.

  • Which are some of the leading tunnel detection system manufacturers?

    Some of the leading companies manufacturing tunnel detection systems are Elbit Systems Ltd., Elpam Electronics Ltd., Lockheed Martin, etc.

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