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Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Defense – Thematic Research

Despite the existence of a broadly accepted regime of international agreements for preventing the development, stockpiling, proliferation and use of certain CBRNE weapons, terrorist groups and some states are keen on having these weapons and substances and increasing their stockpiles. CBRNE threats still pose severe challenges to military operations and homeland security due to their disruptive, destructive, and potentially devastating effects. Moreover, expanding urbanization and global industrialization create broader risks and threats, such as the accidental release of toxic industrial materials and nuclear leaks or their deliberate misuse. Therefore, defense and security forces take these threats into consideration continuous and seek innovative and robust passive defense and mitigation measures with companies to enable the troops to continue effective military operations in a CBRN environment and protect civilian life and infrastructures.

The Covid-19 Pandemic illustrated how the world is vulnerable and unprepared for potential CBRNE threats. In the wake of the Covid 19 experience, demand for counter CBRNE research investments and procurements are expected to grow. In order to increase reaction time against the threats and mitigate their adverse effects, breakthrough technologies such as AI, internet of things (IoT), advanced materials, nanotechnology and remote sensing will be leveraged in novel CBRNE solutions.


Because the detection and identification of CBRNE threats is an expensive, meticulous, dangerous and painful endeavour for CBRNE protection forces, countries seek novel solutions.

The prevalence of terrorism worldwide increases the risk that terrorist strategies will evolve from traditional methods such as suicide attacks to biological, chemical, radioactive and nuclear attacks, which are potentially much more dangerous.

The CBRNE defense market is mainly driven by potential terrorist attack threats and hostile neighboring countries in the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern regions.

Key Highlights

This report focuses on CBRNE Defense, which can be split into seven segments: Detection and identification, protection, decontamination, disposal, software, simulation and training, and consultancy and system design.

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Companies Mentioned

AirBoss Defense Group, Allen-Vanguard, Argon Electronics, Avon Rubber, Babcock, Battelle, Blucher, Bruker, Chemring , Environics, DCS, Defentect, Federal Resources, FLIR Systems, HDT Global , Indra, Kromek, Kärcher Futuretech, Leidos, MRIGlobal, Nabco, NBC-sys, OUVRY, Proengin, Rheinmetall, Saab, Smiths Detection, Temet, Thales, Thermo Scientific

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Executive summary


Thematic briefing


Industry analysis

Value chain



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List of Tables

Technology trends

Defense and security trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

CBRNE companies' services

Mergers and acquisitions


Leaders in CBRNE Defense

Challengers in CBRNE Defense


Further reading

List of Figures

Who are the leading players in the CBRNE defense theme and where do they sit in the value chain?

CBRNE agents and materials can pose lethal or non-lethal risks and threats to humans and animals

The global CBRN defense market is estimated to value US$12.5 billion in 2021.

CBRN detection and protection account for 62% of the market during the forecast period


The CBRNE value chain

Detection and identification: leaders and challengers

Protection: leaders and challengers

Main decontamination types are listed below.

Decontamination: leaders and challengers

Disposal: leaders and challengers

Softwarel: leaders and challengers

Simulation and training: leaders and challengers

Consultancy and system design: leaders and challengers


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