In the defense industry’s globally competitive environment, Arizona’s résumé shines, supported by hundreds of defense companies, 20 military installations, exceptional aerospace and engineering programs (primary through university levels), optimal weather conditions for flying, training and testing, and staunch government support for Arizona’s expanding high-tech industry.
Arizona companies lead the industry in the production of uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAV), aircraft, missiles, space vehicles, battlefield communications and guidance systems, and defense contracts awarded to Arizona companies topped $14 billion in 2011. Major defense industry players located in Arizona fuel the industry's success, and the benefits impact thousands of Arizona firms in its A&D supply chain. Top companies include Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), General Dynamics C4 Systems, BAE Systems, ATK’s Integrated Weapon Systems (IWS) and more.
Arizona’s defense companies receive a steady stream of engineers, scientists, technicians and machinists from its 20 military installations, universities and technical schools, all using programs tailored to fit the needs of defense companies throughout the state. Arizona’s major universities are also responsible the state’s notable A&D research, building broad connections between industry and higher education that will advance and strengthen aerospace and military technologies.