Aerospace Industry in Phoenix

Greater Phoenix: An established military region with unmatched access perfect for the aerospace industry

Since the mid-twentieth century, Arizona has had a rich history in aerospace and defense. With large military bases including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Luke Air Force Base, and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, the state and region offer access to a strong aerospace ecosystem.

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Supply Chain

Greater Phoenix businesses enjoy access to Arizona’s strong supply chain and robust military assets.

Military Assets

Arizona is home to unmatched military and training facilities, including the largest unmanned aircraft systems training base in the world.

Geographic Region

Greater Phoenix offers accessibility to your company’s consumer base, offering a low-cost, low-regulation operating environment.

Greater Phoenix: By the Numbers


Arizona has the 4th highest concentration of aerospace manufacturing jobs in the nation.

EMSI 2021 Q1


Department of Defense awarded $12.2 billion in contract to companies in Arizona in FY2019.

Arizona Commerce Authority


Luke Air Force Base is the preferred training site for the F-35 Lightning Fighter Jet.

Luke Air Force Base Facts Sheet

Why Greater Phoenix? There’s an abundance of employees and competitive labor costs.

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Aerospace Industry in Phoenix

Affordable Operating & Unmatched Access

Companies like Boeing, General Dynamics, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin enjoy the state’s affordable operating environment and market advantages. From skilled labor, accessibility and market connectivity, to available buildings and shovel-ready sites, the region offers unmatched access to military and training facilities.

Aerospace Industry in Phoenix

Arizona’s Rich Aerospace & Aviation Supply Chain

Greater Phoenix provides access to Arizona’s strong supply chain, robust military assets and competencies in:

  • Aerospace Parts Development and Manufacturing
  • Avionics and Sensor Technology
  • Command Control Communications Computers and Intelligence (C4I)
  • Information Systems and Cyber Technologies
  • Power Systems
  • Space Technologies
  • Weapon and Armor Systems


Companies in Greater Phoenix

  • Able Aerospace
  • BAE Systems
  • Barnes Aerospace
  • Boeing
  • Comtech EF Data
  • Garmin
  • General Dynamics
  • H.E.R.O.S.
  • HexCel
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Iridium
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MD Helicopters
  • Nammo Talley
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Northstar Aerospace
  • Paradigm Precision
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Standard Aero (MRO)
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • ViaSat
Mike Madeson, GPEC Board of Directors

“The robust supply chain and availability of talent make Greater Phoenix an ideal place for aerospace and aviation options. And the state’s rich history in aerospace and defense make it a proven ecosystem where business thrives – including Honeywell, which has had its operations in the region for more than 60 years.”

Mike Madsen, President & CEO, Honeywell Aerospace

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