- Aerospace manufacturer
An aerospace manufacturer is a company or individual involved in the various aspects of designing, building, testing, selling, and maintaining
aircraft, aircraft parts, missiles, rockets, and/or spacecraft.In the European Union, aerospace companies such as EADS, BAE Systems, Thales, Dassault, Saaband Finmeccanicaaccount for a large share of the global aerospace industry and research effort, with the European Space Agencyas one of the largest consumers of aerospace technology and products.
India, Bangaloreis a major centre of aerospace industry, being the place where Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the National Aerospace Laboratoriesand Indian Space Research Organisationare headquartered.
Russia, large aerospace companies like Oboronpromand the United Aircraft Building Corporation(encompassing Mikoyan, Sukhoi, Ilyushin, Tupolev, Yakovlev, and Irkutwhich includes Beriev) are among the major global players in this industry.
United States, the Department of Defense and NASAare the two biggest consumers of aerospace technology and products. The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States reported that the aerospace industry employed 444,000 wage and salary jobs in 2004. Most of those jobs were in Washington and California. Leading companies like Boeing, United Technologies Corporationand Lockheed Martin Corp.are among the most widely known aerospace manufacturers in the world.
Important locations of the civil aerospace industry worldwide include
Seattlein the USA ( Boeing), Montrealin Canada ( Bombardier), Toulousein France and Hamburgin Germany (both Airbus/ EADS), the North-West of England and Bristolin the UK ( BAE Systems, Airbusand AgustaWestland), as well as São José dos Camposin Brazil where Embraeris based.
Top-performing aerospace companies
As of June 2005, the top-performing US aerospace companies, as ranked by
Aviation Week & Space Technology, were:
United Technologies Corporation
General Dynamics Corp.
Honeywell International Inc.
Computer Sciences Corp.
Thales Group(U.S. branch)
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Northrop Grumman Corp.
List of aircraft manufacturers
List of aircraft accidents
List of rocket manufacturers
List of spacecraft manufacturers
* [http://www.aia-aerospace.org/ Aerospace Industries Association]
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