U.S. Aerospace & Defense Comprises 5 Major Segments
The general aviation commercial aircraft segment is comprised of private companies that design, manufacture and service commercial aircraft, helicopters, commercial unmanned aerial vehicles, business jets & personal aircraft.
This is the largest sub-segment of Aerospace & Defense, with a supply chain comprised of over 20,000 companies, represented mostly by small to medium sized businesses.
This sub-segment of the U.S. military supply chain provides ground-based systems and platforms for tackling the significant needs of the nation’s armed forces. It consists of the design, development and manufacture of armaments and ordnance that include tactical vehicles, tanks, personnel transports and their communications and electronic systems, as well as non-civilian, military high powered personal armaments.
Dissimilar in many ways from commercial aviation, the military aircraft segment is comprised of combat and non-combat aircraft and related systems. These can include fighter aircraft, patrol aircraft, helicopters, bombers, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and transporters.
Shipbuilding is a major market, but comprised of a small number of niche companies that design, develop, manufacture and service military seagoing vessels. These include amphibious assault vessels, aircraft carriers, cruisers, cutters, submarines, destroyers and transports.
The space industry has evolved to be a critical pillar of U.S. security and is integral to today’s modern economy. Advancements in aviation have lead to our ingenuity in space systems, which like the whole of aerospace, have lead to the development of today’s everyday technologies. This industry segment encompasses satellites, space launch vehicles, spacecraft and ground systems for both commercial and government markets.
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Primary Sources Include:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Aerospace Export
- Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
- Aviation Week Network
- Defense News
- Hydraulics & Pneumatics
- Industry Week
- Post-Tier 1: The next era in aerospace supply chain evolution?
- Trade & Industry Development