Stingray Device Market Size & Share, by Type (IMIS Catchers, GSM Interceptors, CDMA Interceptors, 4G/LTE Interceptors, 5G Interceptors); Application (Law Enforcement & Intelligence Agencies, Military & Defense, Private Sector); End-User (Government, Enterprises) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 5749
  • Published Date: Feb 28, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024 -2036

Stingray Device Market size is expected to cross USD 7 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 16% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of stingray device was USD 1 Billion. This growth of the stingray device market is poised to be dominated by the growing prevalence of crime such as robbery. For instance, in the case of America in 2022, there were over 44,085 handgun-related robberies in the US. Hence, the need for stingray devices is surging significantly.

Furthermore, the development of encryption technologies to safeguard data and communication presents a prospect for stingray device producers to devise inventive methods to surmount encryption obstacles. Hence, there has been growing research and development initiatives taking place in order to increase the efficacy of stingray devices which further aimed at enhancing interception capabilities and encryption countermeasures.

Stingray Device Market overview
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Stingray Device Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Adoption of Smartphones- It was predicted that between 2024 and 2029, there is expected to be a constant rise in the number of smartphone users worldwide, adding about 2 billion people (or over 29 percent). The number of smartphone users is predicted to reach over 7 billion after rising for fifteen years in a row, marking a new peak in 2029. With the rise in the adoption of smartphones, the preference for stingray devices is also growing. This is because most of the communication happens through cell phones.
  • Surge in Cyber Treat- Governments are depending increasingly on cyber surveillance to handle certain administrative duties in the fields of civil security, education, welfare, and health. Enterprises that prioritize safeguarding specific data or keeping tabs on staff or customer conduct have also resorted to "cyber-surveillance" and "corporate surveillance." As part of their efforts to publicly condemn behavior they find objectionable, civil society and citizens' organizations may also employ information technologies to keep an eye on the words and actions of government agencies or commercial entities. Hence, for this stingray device could be used. Software-defined radio (SDR) technology provides a versatile and reconfigurable approach to wireless communication for Stingray devices. These devices have become an important weapon for law enforcement agencies in the fight against cybercrime as a result of their ability to mimic a cell tower and intercept mobile conversations.
  • Surge in Integration of AI - New opportunities may arise from the merging of stingray devices with artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics technologies. The efficiency and efficacy of law enforcement and intelligence operations may be increased by using stingray devices to give more insightful and actionable intelligence by utilizing AI algorithms and data analytics. This could be achieved since AI could guide the authority in availing real-time data in order to track the moment automatically identified by a stingray. It could also aid in decision-making regarding further steps to be taken on the basis of collected data. 


  • Growing Regulatory Challenges - The application of stingray devices is governed by legal and regulatory frameworks that differ according to the jurisdiction. Certain regions may impose limitations on its implementation as a result of privacy issues, constitutional rights, or stringent usage requirements. Law enforcement agencies may face difficulties in adhering to these restrictions and acquiring the required warrants and approvals, which could restrict the widespread use of Stingray devices.
  • Surge in Concern for Privacy - Concerns regarding invasions of privacy and possible civil rights violations are raised by the usage of stingray devices. Monitoring and intercepting communication data might violate people's right to privacy and present moral dilemmas. The launch and acceptance of Stingray devices may face obstacles due to public scrutiny and demands for accountability, transparency, and openness in the use of surveillance technologies.
  • Lack of Efficient Investment for the Adoption by Authority

Stingray Device Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 1 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 7 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Stingray Device Segmentation

Type (IMIS Catchers, GSM Interceptors, CDMA Interceptors, 4G/LTE Interceptors, 5G Interceptors)

The 5G interceptors segment in the stingray device market is expected to gather the highest revenue share of about 30% over the forecast period. The requirement for stingray devices with 5G interceptors increases with the rollout of 5G technology. Between the end of 2021 and the end of 2022, the number of 5G wireless connections worldwide climbed by over 75%, to a maximum of about 2 billion. However, the rapid adoption of 5G technology raises the possibility of cybersecurity breaches. Cyberattacks might grow more common as a result of the increasing number of computers and linked gadgets. In contrast to earlier technologies, 5G offers direct access to the cellular network, which raises the risk of a direct attack. Such security weaknesses may be exploited by attackers to launch complex attacks. Therefore, it is anticipated that as 5G implementation increases, so will the potential concerns. In order to track and intercept conversations across 5G networks, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies are striving to enhance their surveillance capabilities.

Application (Law Enforcement & Intelligence Agencies, Military & Defense, Private Sector)

The military & defense segment in the stingray device market is poised to generate the largest revenue share of about 50% over the forecast period. The need for enhanced signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities is what drives the market for Stingray devices in the military and defense sector. Stingrays may be used by military and intelligence agencies to track and intercept enemy communications, providing vital data for military operations and national security. Their deviousness and agility render them valuable resources in various situations involving disobedience. Furthermore, with the rise in terrorism activities the need for stingray devices is growing in military & defense segment. For instance, the most active terrorist group in 2021 was the Taliban, which mostly conducts operations in Afghanistan and was accountable for about 799 incidents. Almost 4,499 people died as a result of the attacks.

Our in-depth analysis of the global stingray device market includes the following segments:


  • IMIS Catchers
  • GSM Interceptors
  • CDMA Interceptors
  • 4G/LTE Interceptors
  • 5G Interceptors


  • Law Enforcement & Intelligence Agencies
  • Military & Defense
  • Private Sector


  • Government
  • Enterprises

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Stingray Device Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

The North America stingray device market is set to capture the highest revenue share of over 35% over the forecast period. The major factor influencing the stingray device market growth in this region is growing investment in military & defense. Over 876 billion dollars went toward the military in 2022, placing the United States at the top of the list of nations with the highest military spending. This accounted for around 39% of the approximately 3 trillion U.S. dollars spent on military expenditures globally that year. Additionally, the stingray device market in this region is seeing a rise in the need for lightweight, portable stingray devices. This is explained by the requirement for swift deployment in an emergency and portability when conducting surveillance missions. Additionally, the deployment of the internet of things (IoT) is also growing in this region which is also estimated to enhance the efficiency of stingray devices. 

APAC Market Analysis

The stingray device market in Asia Pacific is also projected to have significant growth during the forecast period. The Asia Pacific region's need for stingray equipment is being driven by the growing need for improved surveillance and law enforcement technologies. Given the array of security challenges the region faces, including hacks and organized crime, law enforcement agencies and authorities are attempting to enhance their capacity to monitor and record mobile communications. Furthermore, this region also has a presence of various key players who are focused on advancing the features of this device which is further projected to influence the stingray device market growth.  

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Companies Dominating the Stingray Device Landscape

    • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Rohde & Schwarz
    • ESD America
    • Digital Receiver Technology (DRT)
    • Rayzone Group, Ltd.
    • NovoQuad Group
    • Jacobs
    • Septier Communication LTD
    • GSMK
    • PKI Electronic Intelligence


In The News

  • November 1, 2023: Following the merging of L3 Technologies, L3Harris Technologies is a multinational aerospace and defence technology company that has received contracts for the advancement and development of fire control systems on rocket launch vehicles. The U.S. Army and its allies throughout the world rely heavily on these systems to help them achieve combat superiority.
  • December 4, 2023: The first over-the-air (OTA) test system authorized by CTIA Certification to evaluate 5G A-GNSS antenna performance is Rohde & Schwarz's TS8991. This method assesses how well a wireless device's global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver is performing. This is important since 5G E911 emergency calls employ Assisted-GNSS.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma, Hetal Singh

  • Report ID: 5749
  • Published Date: Feb 28, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are growing adoption of smartphones, surge in cyber threat, and surge in integration of AI.

The market size of stingray device is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 16% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024 - 2036.

The major players in the market are L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Rohde & Schwarz, ESD America, Digital Receiver Technology (DRT), and others.

The military & defense segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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