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Aerospace + Defense Report

Oklahoma’s Aerospace + Defense Team provides services to Oklahoma’s aerospace and defense industry sector and promotes the state as a premier destination for expanding and relocating aviation, aerospace, defense and autonomous systems companies.

2021 Report

Download our report on Oklahoma’s aerospace and defense industry and the ACES program. 

Report Highlights 2021

Aerospace + Defense Economic Development Progress

Since 2018, the state has invested $2.8 million in the ACES program. Over that time, the ACES team has secured $998 million in new capital investment, and $648 million in DoD funds have been investment contracted in the state.

11 Company Announcements

54.6% were metro area wins and 45.4% were rural area wins.

$85 Million

The 11 announcements are expected to generate $85 million in capital investment.

995 New Jobs

6,000 additional new jobs with an average annual salary of $71,300 remained in the pipeline at the end of 2021.

$391 Million

$391 million in Department of Defense (DoD) contract opportunities for Oklahoma aerospace companies were identified by the Commerce A+D Team

Major Aerospace + Defense News and Announcements

Addressing Supply Chain Issues

As supply chain issues continued to expand during 2021, ACES placed an emphasis on strengthening the state’s supply chain through two key programs – Connex Oklahoma and Sustainment Technologies.

In April, Governor Stitt announced the launch of Supply Chain Oklahoma, an effort to provide critical resources to Oklahoma manufacturers. The first key piece of the initiative to be rolled out was Connex Oklahoma, a new, free online database tool developed by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance (OMA) in partnership with ACES. The tool allows manufacturers to connect, find alternate suppliers, explore production capabilities and view their supply chain visually. Just as important, it also helps manufacturers identify single-supplier risks and find supply chain diversification.

To date, more than 400 Oklahoma manufacturers have registered their companies and services on the database.

In October, Commerce’s Aerospace & Defense Team announced a partnership with Sustainment Technologies, Inc., an Oklahoma-based software company. After discussions with the Air Force Materiel Command regarding a need to increase matchmaking opportunities with Oklahoma companies, ACES championed the integration of this AI & ML platform and partnered with Sustainment to activate it in the state. In doing so, Oklahoma became the first state to provide Sustainment’s platform, Blueprint, to all stakeholders involved in the state’s aerospace & defense sector to help them increase opportunities for DoD work.

Israel-Based Aerospace Company Announces Facility Relocation to Tulsa

TAT Technologies Ltd., announced plans to relocate its thermal components activities from Israel to Tulsa. TAT is the world’s largest independent manufacturing/repair company of thermal components for the aviation industry and also the parent company of Tulsa-based Limco Airepair. As part of this foreign direct investment announcement, the company will expand Limco which focuses on maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of thermal components. In addition to the local expansion, TAT will relocate their heat exchanger components manufacturing activities, specializing in original equipment manufacturing (OEM) of thermal components, from Israel to Tulsa. The company also plans to establish a new global research & development center within their Tulsa campus and add 300 new jobs to the Tulsa metro.

“As we continue to deploy our thermal components strategy, our planned investment in Tulsa will form one of the largest and leading independent thermal components facilities for aerospace and defense industries with full life cycle support to our customers from Research and Development to design, manufacturing and aftermarket support,” said Igal Zamir, TAT’s president and CEO.

PAS MRO

PAS MRO, a world-class independent Bearing Return to Service and Component Repair and Overhaul Company, announced plans to relocate its operations from Irvine, Calif., to Bristow, Okla. PAS MRO’s relocation, which was completed in late 2020, will create 37 new jobs and represents an investment of $3.2 million to the local economy.

ACES Aerospace + Defense Recruiting Strategy

The state’s A&D industries are vast and highly complex. In order to maximize efforts, the ACES team is focusing on 4 broad-based objectives that are designed to provide the greatest return. These strategic pillars provide the basis for our state’s A&D strategy:

Provide the infrastructure to recruit, educate, and train the workforce needed to sustain and grow the aerospace industry within the state.

Create an environment to attract startups of advanced technologies (additive technologies, batteries, electric propulsion, commercial space, unmanned systems) that are interwoven and connected to one another.

Develop a university-led innovation cluster to support the aerospace and defense industry of the future.

Position Oklahoma to be the center of excellence for the aviation engine sustainment enterprise.

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