List of defense contractors

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A defense 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, while 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 interrogation.

In the United States, defense contracting has taken an increasingly larger role. In 2009, the Department of Defense spent nearly $316 billion on contracts.[1] Contractors have assumed a much larger on-the-ground presence during 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, leading to the Better Buying Power initiative of 2010.[2][3]

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This is a list of the world's 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 2020.[4] The numbers are in billions of US dollars.

Rank Country Company name Defense Revenue
(US$ billions)
% of Total Revenue
from Defense
1  United States Lockheed Martin 65.4 89%
2  United States Raytheon Technologies 56.6 65%
3  United States Boeing 58.2 55%
4  United States Northrop Grumman 36.8 55%
5  United States General Dynamics Corp. 37.9 68%
6  United Kingdom BAE Systems 24.7 97%
7  China NORINCO 71.0 25%
8  China AVIC 67.9 25%
9  China CETC 34.3 43%
10  United States L3Harris Technologies 18.2 78%
11  EU Airbus 56.8 21%
12  China CASIC 37.7 32%
13  Italy Leonardo 15.3 73%
14  France Thales Group 19.4 47%
15  United States Huntington Ingalls 9.4 88%
16  United States Leidos 12.3 60%
17  Russia Almaz-Antey 6.6 92%
18  United States Honeywell 32.6 18%
19  United States Booz Allen Hamilton 7.9 70%
20  China CSGC 33.9 16%
21  Russia United Aircraft 6.0 82%
22  United Kingdom Rolls-Royce 15.2 32%
23  UAE EDGE 5.0 95%
24  United States General Electric 76.6 6%
25  France Safran 18.8 24%
26  Japan Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 34.7 13%
27  Germany Rheinmetall 6.7 63%
28  Israel Elbit Systems 4.7 91%
29  United States CACI International 6.0 69%
30  EU MBDA 4.1 99%
31  France Naval Group 3.8 99%
32  France Dassault Aviation Groupe 6.3 59%
33  Russia United Shipbuilding Corporation 4.7 79%
34  United States Textron 11.7 30%
35  Israel Israel Aerospace Industries 4.2 84%
36  Sweden Saab 3.8 88%
37  United States Science Applications International Corporation 7.1 47%
38  Russia Tactical Missiles Corporation 3.3 98%
39  United Kingdom Babcock International Group 5.7 56%
40  United States Perspecta 4.5 70%
41  United States Amentum 3.7 83%
42  India Hindustan Aeronautics 3.1 95%
43  United States KBR 5.8 50%
44  Russia United Engine Corporation 3.9 73%
45  United States General Atomics
46  Israel Rafael 2.7 98%
47  Italy Fincantieri 6.7 40%
48  France French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) 5.8 44%
49  United States Oshkosh Corporation 6.7 33%
50  South Korea Hanwha Aerospace 4.5 50%

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