List of defense contractors

List of defense contractors


  • Largest Aerospace and Defense Contractors 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Largest Aerospace and Defense Contractors

Company name Sales (FY2015)
(US$ billions)
Kawasaki Heavy Industries 7,860 [1]
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 3,702 [2]
Lockheed Martin ?
Boeing ?
BAE Systems ?
General Dynamics ?
Raytheon ?
Northrop Grumman ?
Airbus ?
Finmeccanica ?
L-3 Communications ?
United Technologies ?
Thales Group ?
Huntington Ingalls ?
Honeywell ?
Computer Sciences ?
Rolls-Royce ?
United Aircraft ?
Oshkosh ?
General Electric ?
Almaz-Antey ?

A defense contractor (or security contractor) is a products or services to a military or intelligence department of a government. Products typically include military or civilian aircraft, ships, vehicles, weaponry, and electronic systems. Services can include logistics, technical support and training, communications support, and in some cases team-based engineering in cooperation with the government.

Security contractors do not generally provide direct support of military operations. Under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, military contractors engaged in direct support of military operations may be legitimate targets of military attacks.

Defense contracting has expanded dramatically over the last decade, particularly in the United States, where in the last fiscal year the Department of Defense spent nearly $316 billion on contracts.[3] Contractors have also assumed a much larger on-the-ground presence during recent American conflicts: during the 1991 Gulf War the ratio of uniformed military to contractors was about 50 to 1, while during the first four years of the Iraq War the U.S. hired over 190,000 contractors, surpassing the total American military presence even during the 2007 Iraq surge and 23 times greater than other allied military personnel numbers.[3] In Afghanistan, the presence of almost 100,000 contractors has resulted in a near 1 to 1 ratio with military personnel.[3]

The surge in spending on defense services contractors that began in 2001 came to a halt in 2009 with a new eye on the bottom line, leading to the Better Buying Power initiative of 2010.[4][5]

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  1. ^ N = New to the SIPRI Top 100

Source: "Arms sales are defined by SIPRI as sales of military goods and services to military customers, including both domestic and export sales. Military goods and services are those [...]designed specifically for military purposes."

See also


  1. ^ "First Quarter Financial Results for FY2015"
  2. ^ "Integrated Defense & Space Systems: FY2015 First 3 Month Financial Results"
  3. ^ a b c Singer, Peter W. "The Regulation of New Warfare", The Brookings Institution, February 2010.
  4. ^ Fryer-Biggs, Zachary. "Price Wars Prompt Firms To Abandon Service Sector." Defense News, 9 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Better Buying Power (Public Site)."

External links

  • The British Library - finding information on the defence industry
  • Private Security Transnational Enterprises in Colombia
  • Human Rights First; Private Security Contractors at War: Ending the Culture of Impunity (2008)
  • Defense Contracting Jobseekers FAQ