Manufacturing for defense and space industries is a high-tech enterprise focused on the design, production and assembly of a broad array of products ranging from weapons, armor, armament systems and protective gear to military, naval and space vehicles, ships, aircraft and missiles. Research and development, technology, software and artificial intelligence are key drivers of innovation for creating smarter manufacturing processes.
Vermont is home to industry leaders General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and UTC Aerospace Systems and a supplier base that offers manufacturing capabilities in the key areas of:
- Armor, armored combat vehicles, armament systems, armor finishing, artillery and systems, biological identification, chemical analysis, deployable systems for command and control, inspection systems, intelligent munitions, missile launchers, naval and marine, precision machining, protective clothing, gear and equipment, maintenance and repair, and weapons and weapon systems.
An important market opportunity for Vermont, looking ahead, is the U.S. market for advanced protective gear and armor, which will reach $5.9 billion in 2019.
Defense and Space Exhibitors
Airbus’ presence in North and Latin America is continually growing, with more than 60 customers across the region employing a full range of Airbus aircraft. Major carriers, low-cost operators, cargo airlines and leasing companies across the Americas have selected Airbus’ market-leading jetliners for their fleets.
The U.S.-based Airbus Americas has an expanding presence in an important aviation and aerospace marketplace. This includes the company’s first American production site: the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, which commenced deliveries of A320 Family jetliners in 2016. Other Airbus locations in the U.S. are: the headquarters of Airbus Americas in Herndon, Virginia; engineering centres in Mobile, Alabama and Wichita, Kansas; an aircraft spares centre in Ashburn, Virginia; a training centre in Miami, Florida; and a regulatory and government liaison office in Washington, D.C.