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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.

2020 Report

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

Report Highlights 2020

Aerospace + Defense Economic Development Progress

In 2020, Oklahoma saw significant wins in Aerospace and Defense (A&D). While the global business climate experienced serious setbacks from the pandemic, Oklahoma continued to attract new aerospace companies to move to the state as well as significant business expansions.

9 Company Announcements

Including new A&D businesses locating to the state or expansions of existing Oklahoma companies

$576 Million

The 9 announcements are expected to generate $576 million in capital investment.

1,177 New Jobs

1,177 new jobs with an average annual wage greater than $86,000 (74% greater than the state average) are projected from these announcements.

$35 Million

$35 million in Department of Defense (DoD) contract opportunities for Oklahoma aerospace companies were identified by the Commerce A+D Team

Major Aerospace + Defense Announcements

Site location trends included two unmanned systems wins to our already nation-leading UAS hub. Both companies cited favorable business economics and the ease of doing business with the state as contributing factors to making the decision, including the professionalism of the Aerospace & Defense Team and support of local governments.

Skydweller Aero

On June 30, 2020, Governor Kevin Stitt joined executives from Skydweller Aero Inc., a U.S.- Spanish aerospace company developing renewably powered aircraft for defense and commercial industries, to announce the establishment of the company’s headquarters and engineering operations in Oklahoma City and testing and integration in Ardmore. Skydweller plans to increase operations to 120 aerospace engineering and field technician jobs in Oklahoma by 2024.

North Star Scientific (NSS) Corporation

North Star Scientific (NSS) Corporation, a Hawaii-based company, announced at the end of 2020 its plan to expand to Oklahoma City. The company plans to start operations with approximately five employees and will ramp up to 40 jobs once its manufacturing site is fully operational. NSS designs, develops, and qualifies stateof- the-art electronic systems for Department of Defense applications and delivers reliable high-performance products and services. They specialize in radar frequency systems designs and rapid research & development/custom solutions.


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.

Statewide Outreach

As part of their mission to propel growth and respond to the needs of the aviation, aerospace and defense industries in the areas of education and training, research and economic development, the Commerce A&D Team hosted new events throughout 2020. The team focused these events on the legislatively mandated objectives – specifically, workforce development, increasing DoD spending within the state and international awareness of Oklahoma’s burgeoning aerospace cluster.

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