List of defense contractors

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A defense contractor (or security contractor) is a business organization or individual that provides 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 engineering support 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.[1] 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.[1] In Afghanistan, the presence of almost 100,000 contractors has resulted in a near 1 to 1 ratio with military personnel.[1]

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.[2][3]

The following is a list of the largest defense contractors as of 2016:[4]

Rank Company name Defense Revenue
(US$ billions)
 % of Total Revenue
from Defense
1 United States Lockheed Martin 40.596 88.00%
2 United States Boeing 30.388 31.62%
3 United Kingdom BAE Systems 25.278 92.40%
4 United States Raytheon 21.619 93.00%
5 United States General Dynamics 19.148 60.85%
6 United States Northrop Grumman 17.600 74.81%
7 European Union Airbus 12.776 17.86%
8 Italy Leonardo-Finmeccanica 9.318 64.60%
1 United States L-3 Communications 8.772 83.81%
1 United States United Technologies ? 56.098
1 France Thales Group ?
1 United States SAIC ? 4.5
1 United States Huntington Ingalls ? 7.02
1 United States Honeywell ? 38.58
1 France SAFRAN ?
1 United Kingdom Rolls-Royce ?
1 Russia United Aircraft ?
1 United States Oshkosh ? 6.81
1 United States General Electric ? 140.39
1 United States ITT ? 2.5
1 Russia Almaz-Antey ?
36 Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 23.95 5.60%
44 Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries 17.40 12.87%

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  1. ^ N = New to the list

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