The global deployable military shelters market was valued at USD 928.2 million in 2021. It is expected to reach USD 1,038.92 million by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 1.26% during the forecast period (2022–2030). The rising investments in new military shelters and growing demand for overseas military operations stimulate market growth.
The deployable military shelter system has many uses, including emergency distribution centers, incident commands, and medical support facilities. These structures are temporarily placed in remote locations to provide shelter. The improvement in military operations, joint operations, exercises, and tactics has fueled the creation of specialized products soldiers use. The infantry, medical support, and rescue teams primarily use these mobile, technical textile-based shelter systems. The market has witnessed technological advancements as a result of an increase in the military's R&D budget. These shelters have been expanded to include military vehicles, aircraft, and land-based shelters.
|Market Size||USD 1,038.92 million by 2030|
|Fastest Growing Market||Asia-Pacific|
|Largest Market||North America|
|Report Coverage||Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends|
Military units are deployed to more remote war zones and various terrains for training and strategic operations due to shifting battlefield requirements. Due to China-India tensions, both nations have sent thousands of soldiers across the LAC. Both countries ordered new deployable shelters as a result of a temperature drop along the border. For instance, in 2020, the Indian Army constructed facilities for the Eastern Ladakh troops. Modular shelters, barrel-style shelters, and vehicle sheds are some of the new troop facilities. China has also ordered tents from Guangzhou Plato Plastic Company.
In addition, NATO members who train in other countries need quickly-deployable temporary shelters for their soldiers. Deployable military shelters are also required for troops participating in international joint operations or conducting training abroad. These factors are anticipated to drive market growth over the forecast period.
Growing hegemonism, unilateralism, and power politics have fueled several ongoing global conflicts as the international strategic landscape has changed. Increasing military spending is a common tactic governments use to bolster national security. In terms of military technology, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France, Australia, and India have all made strides in recent years. Spending on the world's militaries increased by 7.2% between 2010 and 2019 and is expected to continue rising. Huge budgets have allowed R&D on equipment that helps soldiers in their daily missions. Portable, modular shelters, mobile shelters, and smart tent fabrics are being developed to help militaries become more capable, effective, and technologically advanced than their enemies.
The current market's challenges are for players to stay in business despite fierce competition and rising expenses. Companies should expect difficulties obtaining raw materials due to competition, but players with substantial capital will profit from long-term agreements with suppliers. Since the US is the largest market for military shelters, companies relying solely on US DoD revenue risk losing business because the president significantly impacts the military budget and spending trends. Furthermore, a drop in military spending due to the US pulling out of the Middle East could significantly reduce the demand for these shelters. Players with diversified geographic holdings and revenue sources would be much better able to withstand market changes and profit from R&D advancements in various domestic markets.
Companies and governments are investing in the research and development of military shelters with features like quickly deployable, moderate-sized, modular structures with low weight and cost-to-volume ratios. The focus of investments is the development of lightweight materials that will offer improved protection against all weather conditions and must facilitate transportation and deployment. One of the most cutting-edge technologies, AirBeam technology, uses air-inflated fabric structures instead of metal and carbon fiber poles and support structures to create the framework for conventional tents. This technology offers lighter-weight designs, quick and self-erecting deployments, improved mobility, and fail-safe collapse shelters for base camps, command-and-control operation centers, aircraft, and vehicle maintenance.
Following a decade of testing, the US Army Medical Research and Material Command announced in 2019 that it would purchase and deploy Tent Extendable Modular Personnel Temper AirBeam shelters. The new tents are 50% lighter, take up 25% less space when stored, and deploy more than 80% faster than older rigid-frame medical tents, claims the Army Medical Research and Material Command. As the shelters resist small, medium, and large ammunition, investments are also rising in enhancing their ballistic protection. Due to such investments in developing construction and material technologies, the market for deployable military shelters is expected to expand more quickly in the upcoming years.
By region, the global deployable military shelters market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the world.
North America is the most significant shareholder in the global deployable military shelters market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.33% during the forecast period. The Tent Expandable Modular Personnel (TEMPER) tent is one of the most famous military designs currently used by the US Department of Defense (DoD). These tents are frequently tunnel-like and are made of incredibly tough, flame-resistant, and quickly self-extinguishing fabric. Additional features of the TEMPER tents include solar shades that lessen solar loading (which can affect a tent's structural stability by stressing the fabric) and thermal liners that increase energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and the tent's lifespan. In addition, the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter is the other operational tent style used by the US Army (DRASH). The DRASH portable geodesic shelter can be set up quickly (in a matter of minutes with four people) and without special equipment. These tents can be collapsed with features and materials supporting heating and cooling.
Europe is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.50%, generating USD 267.35 million during the forecast period. NATO member nations strategically use European forces in various international peacekeeping operations. Using temporary shelters, defense forces erect medical camps and assist the injured in conflict zones or pandemic-affected areas. For instance, the Project HAPTIC concept, the foundation of the field hospitals, allows the entire footprint of this brand-new, deployable military medical facility to fit inside a 400-meter running loop. Franklin, whose ITC (Improved Tented Camp) is currently used in British military bases worldwide. It is the primary provider of expeditionary tents to the British Ministry of Defence. The ITC serves as a field shelter for expeditions and a sleeping area for soldiers because of its simple assembly, adaptability, and modular design.
Asia-Pacific is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period. Territorial conflicts between nations in the Asia-Pacific have persisted for a long time, and geopolitical tensions in the area have gotten so bad that some of them have sent active troops to even the most remote and hostile climates, like the Siachen glacier. In 2020, the Indo-China standoff experienced a new high point of unpredictability. The Chinese began erecting their unique winter tents, and some of these were used in the Eastern Ladakh sector by the Indian side, which has similar tents and buildings on the Siachen Glacier. Due to a natural increase in the demand for deployable military shelters for various purposes during the forecast period, such developments provide a positive outlook for the market.
Several nations in the Middle East and Africa are under the control of NATO and other international peacekeeping forces. NATO defense ministers decided in February 2021 to increase the military alliance's training mission in Iraq after the coronavirus pandemic subsided. The need for various kinds of military shelters is fueled by the need for temporary housing for the troops during such deployments. Additionally, seven of the fourteen UN peacekeeping missions active as of October 2019 were in Africa. Due to the humanitarian crisis in the area, exacerbated by political unrest and social unrest, deployable military shelter demand is also experiencing a massive increase.
The global deployable military shelters market is segmented by type.
Based on type, the global deployable military shelters market is bifurcated into tents and containers.
The containers segment is the highest contributor to the market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.40% during the forecast period. Command posts, field kitchens, dental and medical offices, and repair shops are just a few roles containers or shelters are equipped to fulfill. Most military containers are made to function in a temperature range of -40°C to +50°C. Containers have replaced traditional methods of military construction due to their portability, durability, and versatility. For instance, a complete Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) training facility was built in 2013 using 700 shipping containers with movable internal walls, breach doors, and windows to simulate a city to satisfy a US Air Force requirement. These buildings were built in a fraction of the time and money it would have taken to construct them traditionally. They also have the advantage of being flexible enough to be reconfigured to meet shifting mission requirements. Army containers can be transported by air, land, or sea. They come in ISO 8'6" and 8' with side or end doors painted in various colors and finished with an anti-infrared coating.
Additionally, the military supply chain has undergone a revolution thanks to smart containers. Smart container data enables the development of cutting-edge value-added services like Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) calculation, fleet management, container flow optimization, journey CO2 calculation, and predictive maintenance.
Since ancient times, militaries worldwide have used tents as protection and shelter. Due to their portability and adaptability, tents have largely replaced permanent brick-and-mortar buildings. Military tents and other fabric buildings for camps have significantly improved since their earlier iterations and are now much more durable. A military field tent's aluminum and steel frame is covered with a technical PVC fabric membrane. It is either made up of a single piece (the tent body) or a variety of modular components. ABS boards, composite sandwich panels, and corrugated steel sheets can strengthen tents on the sidewall. Researchers are integrating cutting-edge lightweight technologies into tents to improve their operational parameters, ensuring a higher level of survivability for the troops deployed in challenging environmental conditions.