Live fire training is an exercise where soldiers are trained with real ammunition in an artificial combat situation. It involves instruction and certification process to the firefighters around the world, who are trained for a safe and effective fight in a controlled setting under supervision. Live fire training can be conducted through classroom education and hands-on field training, and live fire ranges are usually government-owned, void of common people to avoid casualties.
During the training, soldiers are placed in combat with equipment, such as tanks, ships, and drones, and also with against one another. Hands-on experience with real weapons is irreplaceable as it allows soldiers to use the equipment efficiently in emergencies. Live fire training allows soldiers to become accustomed to the effect of real ammunition, boosting their confidence. Modern live fire training systems are backed by virtual capabilities that enhance their operational capacities. In a simulated environment, live fire training offers benefits, such as reduced ammunition costs and the elimination of injuries, making it an excellent tool to augment existing training capabilities.
Impact of COVID-19 on Global Live Fire Training System Market
The shutdown of work, travel, public events, and academies, alongside quarantine measures, was alarming for global live fire training departments and security personnel. The rapidly growing misinformation being shared on social media is down-playing the seriousness of the event. One of the severe impacts of the novel coronavirus in the live fire training industry is the shutdown of formal training schools, which has made it difficult for departments to fill openings or transfer deployed teams to new locations. However, following social distancing guidelines, fire departments are now focusing on online training methods.
Various military training organizations and agencies across the world are offering a variety of web-based training programs. Key market players are providing free online courses during the national emergency. Google Hangouts and Zoom are being used to conduct local training sessions. Pre-recorded training sessions are great for specific tasks or tactical training. Many organizations have taken a tactical pause in the physical meeting and hands-on training to ensure the health of recruits and determine the continued availability of training facilities and module instructors. Others have moved online to continue the training while particular agencies evaluate the trainee ability to continue providing essential emergency response.
Growing Demand of Intense Realistic Combat Training to Drive the Market Growth
The increased need for intense realistic combat training systems is expected to drive a significant market growth. The soldiers need to be well-equipped with various fire arms and be familiar with real-life ammunitions and their operations. The rising demand for small fire arms, medium artillery, tanks, unmanned helicopters, drones, and ships will enhance market growth during the forecast period.
Military and defense sectors use live fire training equipment and perform exercises for land combat. The marine forces also utilize this training to get accustomed to amphibious assault vehicles. The air and naval force conduct training exercises similarly by bombing unmanned aerial vehicles and firing anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.
Initial Investment Cost to Restrain the Market Growth
The high infrastructure cost and the periodic maintenance are expected to hinder the market growth during the forecast period. All equipment does not have leading technologies and systems and thus, cannot replicate the actual real-life techniques and procedures. Small arms ammunition requires a different kind of training and skill compared to major ammunition. Even the sub-segments of small arms ammunition require different training equipment due to technological differences. The development and improvement of weapon training strategies for critical small arms ammunition tasks can contribute to market growth during the forecast period.
Government Support and Investor Funding to Drive Substantial Growth
Government funding programs are pumping additional revenue into rural communities for EMS agencies. Developed nations around the world are recognizing the benefits of fire training assistance programs and are expected to increase the yearly allocations during the forecast period. In addition, local governments and organizations are also providing financial aid to the defense sector and marine forces to conduct live fire exercises.
Industry participants are aiming to expand their simulation training options and preplanning strategies to set up the structure and training evolution for live fire training exercises. These initiatives are anticipated to contribute to substantial market growth during the forecast period.
Data Analysis and Enhanced Community Risk Reduction Programs to Augment the Demand
Data collection and analysis are revolutionizing the fire training sector. The military and defense sector around the world are developing more sophisticated data analysis methods to analyze different operations within fire departments, such as risk reduction efforts and their impact, incident types and response times, and mental, and physical health factors for first responders.
By applying insights gained via data analysis, training departments can implement more effective tactics and share more concrete narratives with community stakeholders. Organizations are taking advantage of executive training opportunities to enhance their knowledge and experience in emergency management.
The System Types Segment to Witness a Significant Growth
Based on offering, the system types segment of the global live fire training system market covers structural, physical and operational systems. Structural live fire training systems are expected to record significant growth during the forecast period. The physical and operational live fire training systems are emerging as valuable training components for preparing structural firefighters to safely, effectively, and efficiently respond the real scenarios.
The ventilation system of live fire training system is a critical component in the proper operation of indoor shooting ranges. Proper ventilation reduces shooters’ exposure to airborne lead particles and other combustion by-products. The ventilation systems consist of supply and exhaust air systems. Some firing ranges are designed to have multiple exhaust points downrange to maintain downrange flow and desired velocities at the firing line. Lighting consists of a control booth, up range area, shooting booth, and downrange lighting systems. Safety control systems are installed to protect the shooters during range malfunction or emergencies. Such systems may include warning lights, alarm bells, and air-flow and filtration monitors.
Simulation Software to Gain Significant Growth During the Forecast Period
Virtual simulation software is used to bridge the gap between classroom training and live exercises. Simulation software optimizes live fire training with a higher level of preparedness, a more effective response, and a greater probability of mitigating property damage. There is an unscripted and open-ended virtual reality simulator on physics-based technology with built-in artificial intelligence to provide trainees with an interactive and immersive atmosphere
Europe and APAC to Witness a Significant Growth
In 2015, the EU Member States reported over USD 312 billion government expenditure on 'public order and safety,’ which is equivalent to 1.8% of the EU's GDP. This is relatively higher than the amount spent on other key activities, such as defense (1.4%), recreation, culture, and religion (1.0%), and environmental protection (0.8%). General government expenditure on public order and safety comprises expenditure on police services, fire protection services, and law enforcement. Bulgaria records the highest share of expenditure on 'public order and safety', and Denmark and Luxembourg record the lowest share.
According to the European Defence Agency, an EU arm, 14 countries spent 20% or more of their defense budget on investment in 2018, up from 7 states in 2014, and 21 nations now dedicate more than 10% of the defense budget on investments. Among those, the U.K. spends investments in mainly on military training equipment. Luxembourg Defence Guidelines 2025 outlines its directives and objectives to increase Luxembourg’s defense effort by 50% up until 2020 and beyond. It is developing the army, allocating to it a greater share of investments, and creating more diverse and more technology-focused specializations in live fire training systems.
Asia-Pacific is expected to observe significant government spending on the military and defense sector during the forecast period, with China in the lead, followed by India. In 2016, China began implementing major military modernization and organizational reforms, aimed at transforming the PLA to conduct joint operations and win regional conflicts. The country announced an 8.1% increase in its defense budget for 2018, amounting to USD 175 billion, which is three times more than India’s USD 45-billion defense allocations. Increased investment by the region’s two key nations is expected to boost the region’s live fire training systems market in this end-user segment in the upcoming years.
- As per part of strategy, in 2019, SAAB made significant product portfolio consolidations, eliminating 20% of its products. The company strategically expanded in the U.S. market with the establishment of a new production facility and investment in R&D initiatives.
Key players in the global live fire training system market include Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, SAAB, InVeris Training Solutions, Theissen Training Systems GmbH, RUAG Group, Cubic Corporation, SmokeShield Pty Ltd, Fireblast Global, Strategic Operations, Inc., and QinetiQ, among others
Live Fire Training System Market: Segmentation
- System Types
- Simulation Software
- Military and Defense
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Public Safety Agencies
- North America
- The SAMEA
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Increased need for intense realistic combat training systems, rising demand for small firearms, medium artillery, tanks, unmanned helicopters, drones, and ships are the key factors expected to drive Live Fire Training System Market during the forecast period.
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, SAAB, InVeris Training Solutions, Theissen Training Systems GmbH, RUAG Group, Cubic Corporation, SmokeShield Pty Ltd, Fireblast Global, Strategic Operations, Inc are the top players in Live Fire Training System Market.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share in Live Fire Training System Market.
System Types Segment is expected to be the leading segment in Live Fire Training System Market during the forecast period.
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