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Global Non-Lethal Weapon Use, Market to Expand in 2020: Study

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The non-lethal weapons industry will be fuelled by the globally growing number of riots and demonstrations. The United States and Russia may show especially high interest in the market, a recent study predicts.

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MOSCOW, December 4 (Sputnik) — The use of non-lethal weapons for law enforcement and asymmetric warfare over 2014-2020 is anticipated to rise, due to a likely increase in mass popular demonstrations and public unrest, a study by California-based consultancy Grand View Research announced.

Non-lethal weapons will be used more often because of an increase in popular demonstrations, uprisings and unrest across the globe, the study revealed as quoted by PRWeb on Wednesday, adding that government law enforcement will constitute the primary demand for the new technologies.

The non-lethal weapons market is expected to be championed by governmental procurement of raw material as well as research and development over the forecast period. The need for non-lethal crowd dispersal weaponry such as tear gas, water cannons and malodorants is expected to rise, as well as the need for self-defense weapons such as pepper sprays.

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The leaders in spending on non-lethal weapons are forecast to be North America and Europe, with Russia and the US providing especially high growth potential in the market. Increased riots in Asia Pacific regions could also be a catalyst for augmented spending on non-lethal weapons over the next six years.

Key participants in the weapons industry are General Dynamics Corporation, BAE Systems PLC, Nonlethal Technologies Inc, Textron Systems, Moog Inc, Boeing Company, Taser International, Fiocchi and Intelligent Optical Systems Inc.

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