Top 5 largest defense contractors in the world

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We already know which countries sell weapons the most. This is primarily the United States, Russia and France. And today I’ve dug even deeper, and I propose to get acquainted with companies that know a lot about this business.

#5 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (USA) – Arms sales: $ 22.4 billion

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American military-industrial company operating in the field of electronics and information technology, the aerospace industry, and shipbuilding. It was formed in 1994 as a result of the merger of Northrop Corporation and Grumman Corporation. Today, the company is a leading developer, integrator and manufacturer of combat and reconnaissance aircraft, defense systems, airspace control systems, ship engines, highly accurate weapons and various military and commercial aircraft. Their headquarters are in Los Angeles, California. Northrop Grumman currently has five branches: Commercial Aviation Division (Dallas, Texas); Department of Data Processing Systems (Gerdon, Va); Department of Electronic Systems and Sensors (Baltimore, Maryland); Department of Electronics and Systems Integration (Betpage, New York); and Department of Military Aviation Systems (El Segundo, California). A major organizational unit is also the Technology Development Center (Pico River, California). The corporation is the official executor of the order of the US Air Force for the stealth B-2 bomber, a heavy long-range bomber of low visibility, capable of operating in any altitude range and with any opposition from the enemy. In addition, they are a world leader in the manufacture of airspace control systems; they have accounted for more than 400 civilian flight control systems that monitor air traffic in 12 countries; including ASR-9, the newest US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airfield radar.

#4 – BAE Systems plc (UK) – Arms sales: $ 22.9 billion

BAE Systems plc – engaged in the development of weapons, information security, aerospace. The company was founded on November 30, 1999 by the merger of two British companies, Marconi Electronic Systems (MES), the defense electronics and shipbuilding division of General Electric Company plc (GEC), and British Aerospace (BAe) – a manufacturer of aircraft systems, weapons and marine systems. Headquartered in Farnborough, Hampshire, England. By the way, this company owns 49% of the shares of the national air carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Air Astana.

#3 – Raytheon Corporation (USA) – Arms sales: $ 23.9 billion

Raytheon is one of the largest suppliers of weapons and military equipment for the armed forces of the United States and allied countries. More than 90% of the company’s revenues come from defense orders. They are the developers of the Patriot SAM, they produce the Tomahawk missile defense system, the Stinger MANPADS, etc. The corporation is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1922 by Vanivar Bush and his two friends as the American Appliance Company. Initially, she was engaged in artificial cooling technologies, then – in electronics. The first successful product was a gas-filled rectifier – an electronic lamp designed to power home radios from an AC mains instead of bulky, expensive and short-lived batteries. The rectifier was given the name “Raytheon” (“divine ray”). Thanks to him, radio has become a real media outlet. In 1925, to promote its most promising product, the company adopted its name and became known as the Raytheon Manufacturing Company (“Raytheon Manufacturing Company”). Currently, Raytheon Company is a powerful American research and production corporation with 72 thousand employees.

#2 – The Boeing Company Aerospace Company (USA) – Arms sales: $ 26.9 billion.

Boeing Company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aviation, space and military equipment. Headquartered in Chicago (Illinois, USA). And yet, the location of the main production facilities and at the same time the place of birth of the company is Seattle (Washington). As for the story. On June 15, 1916, the first flight of one of two B&W seaplanes built by William Boeing with the help of naval engineer George Conrad Westervelt took place, and The Pacific Aero Products Company was founded on July 15 in Seattle Boeing. Then on May 9, 1917 the company was renamed the Boeing Airplane Company. The corporation includes two main production units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes (civilian products) and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (military products and space technology). Boeing produces a wide range of aerospace military equipment (including helicopters), and conducts large-scale space programs (for example, the CST-100 spacecraft).

#1 – Lockheed Martin Corporation (USA) – Arms sales: $ 44.9 billion

Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American company specializing in aircraft, aerospace engineering, shipbuilding, postal services automation and airport logistics. The corporation was formed March 15, 1995 by the merger of two technological leaders in the US aerospace industry – Martin Marietta (specializing in the design of satellites and space rockets) and Lockheed Corporation (the main manufacturer of military aircraft in the United States). Their headquarters is in Bethesda (Maryland), USA. The company receives 95% of revenue from orders from the US Department of Defense, other agencies and departments of the US government, as well as from foreign customers. Today Lockheed Martin’s business is divided into 4 key segments: aeronautics, electronic systems, information systems and space systems. The number of employees worldwide is 130 thousand people.

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