Middle East & Africa Ammunition Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Middle East & Africa Ammunition Market is segmented by Type (Small Caliber, Medium Caliber, Large Caliber, and Mortar and Artillery Ammunition), Application (Non-lethal and Lethal), End User (Civilian and Military), and Country.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Saudi Arabia

Largest Market:

Saudi Arabia


Greater than 3.5%

Key Players:

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Market Overview

The Middle East & Africa ammunition market (henceforth, referred to as the market studied) is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 3.5%, during the forecast period.

  • In Africa, many illegal activities, like smuggling, illegal mining, poaching, etc. are taking place, and countries in the Middle East, such as Libya, Syria, and Yemen, have been fighting civil wars. Increasing terrorist activities and the growth of radicals in many countries in Middle East & Africa are forcing the governments to strengthen their law enforcement agencies and military. This may boost the procurement of ammunition in the coming years.
  • High military spending of many countries in the Middle East region is also a growth driver for the market studied in the region.
  • Countries in the Middle East are currently focusing on the development of their indigenous military manufacturing capabilities. This is expected to further strengthen the market in the region.

Scope of the Report

Ammunition includes all types of objects, which can be fired from a weapon that is either lethal or non-lethal. The military segment includes procurements by the military (army, navy, and air force), homeland security, local law enforcement agencies, border security forces, and special forces. The civilian segment includes the use of ammunition for sports and civilian uses. Furthermore, the market study includes the following aspects:

Small Caliber
Medium Caliber
Large Caliber
Mortar and Artillery Ammunition
End User
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Military Segment had the Highest Market Share in 2018

At present, the military segment has the highest market share compared to the civilian segment. The large difference in shares is primarily attributed to the large procurement quantities of ammunition for military and law enforcement purposes. The increasing terrorist, rebel, and illegal activities in the region are demanding a high involvement of army, navy, air force, and law enforcement agencies to tackle these issues. Growth in the military segment is also expected to be high, as the governments in the region are trying to strengthen their militaries. 

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Saudi Arabia is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand for Ammunition During the Forecast Period

Saudi Arabia was the largest importer of arms in the world, during 2014 - 2018, accounted for 12% of the total arms imported during that period. Apart from the imports, the country also has local ammunition manufacturers, like SAMI that supplies ammunition to its military. Thus, the market in the country is the largest in the Middle East & Africa region. However, over the same period, the imports from Kuwait and Israel have grown by around 350%, while that of Egypt, Qatar, and Oman have a growth of about 200%. The markets in these countries are expected to grow further, owing to the ongoing procurements of new combat aircraft and armored vehicles, which may generate demand for the respective ammunitions used in those vehicles. 

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Competitive Landscape

Previously, major Western arms manufacturers sold their ammunition mostly to NATO allies and other European states. However, now the focus is shifted to the Middle East & African region. More than one-third of the total arms imports in the world are from this region. Thus, the market is primarily dominated by foreign players. However, the growth of local manufacturers, like SAMI, Elbit Systems PLC, etc., has started in the past decade, and slowly their share is growing. In addition, Saudi Arabia, the world's largest importer of arms, has decided to up the share of its local defense manufacturing by 50% by 2030. This move is expected to change the dynamics of the market studied during the forecast period.

Major Players

  1. BAE Systems
  2. Rheinmetall Defence
  3. Nexter Munitions
  4. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
  5. Denel PMP

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

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Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 PESTLE Analysis


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Small Caliber

      2. 5.1.2 Medium Caliber

      3. 5.1.3 Large Caliber

      4. 5.1.4 Mortar and Artillery Ammunition

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Non-lethal

      2. 5.2.2 Lethal

    3. 5.3 End User

      1. 5.3.1 Civilian

      2. 5.3.2 Military

    4. 5.4 Country

      1. 5.4.1 Saudi Arabia

      2. 5.4.2 Egypt

      3. 5.4.3 UAE

      4. 5.4.4 Iraq

      5. 5.4.5 Israel

      6. 5.4.6 Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 BAE Systems PLC

      2. 6.2.2 Rheinmetall AG

      3. 6.2.3 Nexter Munitions

      4. 6.2.4 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems

      6. 6.2.6 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 Denel PMP

      8. 6.2.8 SAMI

      9. 6.2.9 Emirates Defense Industries Company (BARIJ Munitions)

      10. 6.2.10 BMC

      11. 6.2.11 ASELSAN

      12. 6.2.12 Elbit Systems*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

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