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]

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This is a list of the world's 50 largest arms manufacturers and other military service companies, along with their countries of origin. The information is based on a list published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute for 2018.[4] The list provided by the SIPRI excludes companies based in China. The numbers are in billions of US dollars.

Rank Company name Defense Revenue
(US$ billions)
% of Total Revenue
from Defense
1 United States Lockheed Martin 44.9 88%
2 United States Boeing 26.9 29%
3 United States Raytheon 23.8 94%
4 United Kingdom BAE Systems 22.9 98%
5 United States Northrop Grumman 22.3 87%
6 United States General Dynamics 19.4 63%
7 European Union Airbus 11.2 15%
8 France Thales Group 9.0 51%
9 Italy Leonardo 8.8 68%
10 Russia Almaz-Antey 8.5 94%
11 United States United Technologies 7.7 13%
12 United States L3 Technologies 7.7 12%
13 United States Huntington Ingalls 6.8 74%
14 Russia United Aircraft 6.4 83%
15 Russia United Shipbuilding Corporation 4.9 89%
16 United States Honeywell 4.6 11%
17 United Kingdom Rolls-Royce 4.4 23%
18 United States Leidos 4.3 43%
19 France Naval Group 4.1 99%
20 United States Textron 4.1 29%
21 United States Booz Allen Hamilton 4.0 70%
22 United States General Electric 3.8 3%
23 Russia Tactical Missiles Corporation 3.5 99%
24 Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 3.5 10%
25 Germany Rheinmetall 3.4 51%
26 European Union MBDA 3.3 97%
27 United Kingdom Babcock International Group 3.2 47%
28 Israel Elbit Systems 3.2 95%
29 Russia Russian Helicopters 3.1 81%
30 United States Bechtel 3.1 12%
31 United States Harris Corporation 3.0 49%
32 United States CACI International 2.9 67%
33 France Safran 2.9 15%
34 Russia High Precision Systems 2.8 97%
35 United States Science Applications International Corporation 2.7 62%
36 Sweden Saab 2.6 84%
37 India Indian Ordnance Factories 2.6 96%
38 India Hindustan Aeronautics 2.6 94%
39 United States CSRA 2.5 48%
40 Russia United Engine Corporation 2.5 64%
41 Israel Israel Aerospace Industries 2.4 70%
42 United States Orbital ATK 2.3 50%
43 United States Rockwell Collins 2.3 34%
44 United States General Atomics 2.2
45 Israel Rafael 2.2 98%
46 France CEA 2.1 39%
47 Russia Russian Electronics 2.1 57%
48 Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries 2.1 15%
49 South Korea Hanwha Techwin 2.1 57%
50 France Dassault Aviation Groupe 2.1 39%

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