World over chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) security are gaining prominence among governments of several nations. The demand is primarily driven by the need for mitigating the risks and threats of a variety of CBRN incidents. These incidents have wide-ranging repercussion on populations of the nations and the effects vary in their intensity and scope. Hence, there is a growing adoption of CBRN security systems in order to reduce the threat of intentional CBRN incidents. These are often caused by terrorist attacks that usually leads to the release of hazardous materials into the environment. In addition, accidental leaks or factory spillage of poisonous gases and chemicals also aggravate the risk of CBRN incidents in various nations.

Regions with marked presence of nuclear facilities are highly prone to the unintended release of radioactive waste from nuclear facilities and toxic chemicals from biological waste. This is a key factor boosting the CBRN security market. The global chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) security market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2017 to 2025 and is anticipated to reach a valuation of US$15074.8 mn by the end of the forecast period.

Which security type is anticipated to witness substantial demand for CBRN systems?

The major types of CBRN security comprise biological, radiological, nuclear, and chemical security. Among these, the market for nuclear security is expected to rise at a promising rate over the forecast period. The demand for CBRN systems for ensuring nuclear security is attributed to the large presence of well-developed nuclear facilities in various developing and developed nations. These facilities are either meant for production of nuclear power or to meet the varied needs of national defense. Various international laws that promote the accountability for use of nuclear weapons have boosted the market for CBRN surveillance systems and security for nuclear facilities.

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Meanwhile, the chemical security segment of the market is anticipated to rise at an attractive pace, attributed to the burgeoning threats among various military and law enforcement agencies. There is rising evidence with these agencies that terrorist are trying to gain the possession of significant amounts of chemical agents, which will be used for making weapons of mass destruction.

Which regions are projected to provide lucrative growth avenues over the forecast period?

The major regional markets comprise North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Of these, the North America market for CBRN security leads and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. The rising threats of terrorist attacks and the growing applications of radiopharmaceuticals in several medical treatments are crucial factors leading to a substantial uptake of CBRN security systems.

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a part of General Dynamics, an American aerospace and defense multinational corporation, is selected for Joint Effects Model (JEM) program by the U.S. Army Contract Command (ACC). JEM, a web-based software program, adopted by the U.S. army offers advanced computer-based tactical and operational hazard prediction models for the CBRN security. The single-award contract for indefinite quantity has an upper cap of $45 mn and the ordering period extensible up to five years. GDIT will offer a variety of support activities for the development of the software such as offering system upgrades, timely modifications, comprehensive management for engineering systems, and maintenance activities. The program has been instrumental in providing near real-time hazard information before, during, and after a CBRN incident for the U.S. Armed Forces.

On the other hand, the Asia Pacific market is projected to expand at an impressive CAGR of 5.4% from 2017 to 2025. A number of governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies, and militaries in several developed and developing nations are proactively implementing CBRN surveillance systems to reduce the threats, especially due to modern chemical and biological warfare.