Military PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is equipment used by the military forces to protect military personnel from harsh weather and injuries. It has different equipment for protection such as protective eyewear, improved outer tactical vest, pelvic protection system, ear protection, advanced combat helmet, gloves, body armor, and others. These kinds of equipment are designed to protect military personnel from biological and chemical hazards on the battlefield. There is always a need for safety and security for soldiers and the investments in the defense sector are growing rapidly which in turn drives the military Personal Protective Equipment market growth.
Major factors driving the growth of the market
Everywhere around the globe, there are missions to an increase anti-extremism, stopping terrorism, and peacekeeping, which has created an extraordinary surge in the development of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in various countries. Nowadays due to the change in the nature of war, almost all countries across the globe have developed or continuously focused on developing such protective equipment, with the objective to make their forces most efficient and powerful. In present years, the number of armed conflicts has increased, which in turn resulted in the need for PPE (Personal protective equipment) for the soldiers. Moreover, there is a rise in terror threats in the Asia and the Middle East along with the growing radiological, nuclear, chemical, and biological threats, the production of personal protective equipment is increased drastically and it is expected to increase in the future period.
Trends influencing the growth of the market
The US department of defense is focusing on the development of next-generation lightweight military PPE (Personal protective equipment) which enhances the scalability of military forces and allows them to adjust PPE as per the mission and threat level. The US army developed a new (TEP) Torso and Extremity protection system that consists of a ballistic combat shirt, a ballistic pelvic protection system, a vest, and a battle belt. Presently, high-tenacity Twaron ultra micro yarn were developed by Teijin, which is designed for fragment-resistant vests. These filaments, more the surface area and a softer more comfortable ballistic material increase the stopping power of the fabric.
The increase in the need for armed forces to give better standards for the army personnel’s safety and security combat operations enhances the global military PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) market growth. The growing security threats such as political unrest, cross-border conflict, and terrorist activities among different countries enhance the market. Main OEMs in the market focus on entering the market the fireproof, lightweight body armors, technically advanced, protective, combat helmets, eyewear, and others. The ACH (Advanced Combat Helmets) are compatible with the night vision goggles (NVG), biological, chemical, and nuclear military equipment, body armors, and communication packages. The rising of terrorism across the globe, political unrest, and cross-border issues, mainly among Asian countries is the main reason for the expansion of military forces, homeland security, and law enforcement. Moreover, an increase in defense expenditure and an increase in procurement of advanced military personal protective equipment increases the growth of the market. On military research and development programs, china and India spends heavily. The cost of development of PPE is very high and there is a possibility of malfunctioning, which hamper the growth of the PPE market. There are numerous malfunction issues and design costs associated with the development of advanced body armors and combat helmets, which would restrict the growth of the PPE market. The combat helmet consists of night vision goggles and head-up displays, while the body armor consists of fabric materials that are very expensive. The malfunction occurs when the body armor is fully loaded with ballistic and becomes heavy for soldiers. These factors restrain the growth of the personal protective equipment market.
L3 Harris Technologies was awarded a contract by the US army, the contract worth USD 100 million for the ENVG-B (Enhanced night vision goggle – binocular) system. The advanced system will improve soldier’s situational awareness, lethality, survivability, and mobility. The UK MoD (Ministry of Defense) has awarded a contract to Elbit Systems worth USD 16.2 million to provide XACT night vision goggles to the country’s military forces. The XACT goggles provide enhanced mission performance at night and ensure safety on-road travel without any headlights. Avon rubber was awarded a contract for four years. The worth of the contract is USD 265 million. It has signed a contract with the US army to provide the next generation vital torso protection (VTP) x-side ballistic insert (XSBI) body armor plates.