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The “Global Explosive Detection Technologies Market, by By Function (Automated and Manual), By Technology (Bulk Detection, X-ray, Infrared, Electromagnetic, and Others), Trace Detection (Optical, Non-optical, Biosensors, Others), By End User (Airport, Critical Infrastructure, Ports and Borders and Military and Defence), and by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East & Africa) - Global Forecast to 2027”, is expected to be valued at US$ 11,445.2 million by 2027, witnessing a CAGR of 7.0% during the forecast period (2019-2027), as highlighted in a report published by Coherent Market Insights.


Explosive detection technology is defined as the system or equipment used for the detection or identification of explosive materials. Explosive detection technology has become an elemental part of airport security and is also used at border patrol security and ports. These explosive detection equipment are rapid automatic systems and are of two types: bulk detection and trace detection. Various types of technologies have been used in explosive detection systems such as X-ray, neutron activation, spectrometry, and silicon nanowires. Various applications of explosive detection technologies include critical infrastructure, military and defense, and airports.

The global explosive detection technologies market is estimated to account for US$ 6,462.1 MN in terms of value by the end of 2019

Market Driver

Growing threat perception across the globe is expected to drive growth of the global explosive detection technologies market during the forecast period

Increasing terror activities across globe, especially in Syria and Iran has increased threat perception worldwide. In 2016, a terrorist attack took place in France on Bastille Day, which has increased government’s focus to strengthen counter-terrorist infrastructure. This, in turn, has increased the demand for advanced explosive detection equipment, in order to negate the ever prevalent threat. For instance, in 2016, Saudi Arabia and India agreed to expand strategic operations in the areas of counter-terrorism, defense, and other sectors. The two countries are expected to strengthen anti-money laundering, drug trafficking, and other crimes. Such factors are expected to drive the global explosive detection technologies market over the forecast period.

Market Opportunity

Use of mass spectrometry for automatic detection of explosive samples is expected to pose growth opportunity for market players

The government agencies have strengthened the security measures, which has increased the demand for explosive detection systems that can quickly detect samples of explosive ingredients stuck onto surfaces of luggage. Manufacturers in the industry are focused on introducing mass spectrometry explosive detection systems in the market. By combining this explosive detection equipment with conventionally installed X-ray based detection equipment, inspection of dangerous and explosive substances can be carried out without slowing down the flow of visitors. This, in turn, is expected to offer excellent business opportunity for market players over the forecast period.   

Market Restraint

Potential cross contamination of explosive samples is expected to restrain growth of the global explosive detection technologies market over the forecast period

Sample collection and its transportation to instrument is a major challenge in explosive detection. Since explosive molecules are highly absorptive, they can stick to almost any surface they find. Thus, it increases the possibility of cross-contamination of sample proofs, thereby affecting the capabilities of explosive detection equipment. Furthermore, presence of plasticizers, polymeric binders and waxes also leads to difficulty in explosive detection. Hence, these factors are expected to hinder the global explosive detection technologies market growth during the forecast period.

Market Trends

  1. Contracts for explosive detection is expected to be a major trend in the market

Various government agencies are entering into contract and providing research funds to market players, in order to strengthen the security measures and prevent terror activities. For instance, in June 2016, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority entered into contract with Implant Sciences Corporation for delivery of up to 340 of the latter’s QS-B220 desktop explosive trace detectors. Furthermore, in August 2016, the U.S. Army provided funding of US$ 3.6 million to Phoenix Nuclear Labs for development of systems to detect defective munitions and concealed bombs. The company is expected to build an advanced neutron radiography system for the same. In September 2015, MicroSegur, entered into contract with Vinci/ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, Portugal’s airport operator, for the supply and service of 74 ‘Itemiser 4DX’ explosives trace detectors (ETD).

  1. Frequent mergers and acquisitions among major market players

Key companies in the market are involved in various strategic activities such as mergers and acquisitions, in order to gain competitive edge in the market and expand their global market presence. For instance, in July 2015, Elbit Systems Ltd. acquired Cyber and Intelligence division of NICE Systems for upgrading existing solutions and providing new technologies to defense, homeland security and commercial applications.

Competitive Section

Key companies operating in the global explosive detection technologies market are

Global players: Elbit Systems Ltd., Safran SA, Smiths Group plc, Implant Sciences Inc., Chemring Group PLC, L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., Kromek Group plc, and OSI Systems Inc.

China Players: Guangzhou Skyscanner Electronic Equipment Co. Ltd, Tongfang Weishi Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai WeiEn Security Equipment Co., Ltd., Security Electronic Equipment Co., Ltd, Suzhou Aoteng Electron Technology Co., Ltd., and Kunshan Sanxun Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.

Key Developments

  1. Major companies in the market are focused on signing strategic contract, in order to gain competitive advantage in the market. For instance, in March 2019, OSI Systems, Inc. entered into contract of US$ 4 million with an international airport to provide multiple units of its ‘Itemiser 4DX’ explosives and narcotics detection system and follow-on service and spare parts support.
  2. Key players in the market are focused on signing strategic contract, in order to gain enhance their market presence. For instance, in September 2018, Smiths Detection entered into contract with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply its CTX 9800 explosives detection system to Indianapolis International Airport.


Market Taxonomy:

  1. By Function
  • Automated
  • Manual
  1. By Technology
  • Bulk Detection
    • X-ray
    • Infrared
    • Electromagnetic
    • Others
  • Trace Detection
    • Optical
    • Non-optical
    • Biosensors
    • Others
  1. By End User
  • Airport
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Ports and Borders
  • Military and Defence
  1. By Region
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Middle East and Africa
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