Location or Expansion

Aerospace and Defense

Aerospace and defense is one of Oklahoma's strongest industry ecosystems.  Oklahoma is one of only 7 global aerospace hubs, and home to the largest military and commercial aircraft Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) operations in the United States.

Oklahoma Aerospace - Jet engine

An estimated 6.3% of the entire state's economy is attributed to aerospace and defense related industry.  The sector employs more than 120,000 workers and over 500 aerospace-related companies do business in the state.  Oklahoma's aerospace industry has an industrial output that exceeds $12 billion and exports to 170 countries.

Oklahoma's aerospace cluster is underpinned by a comprehensive training infrastructure, world-class workforce, and a wide-range of diverse facilities that support innovation in the industry.

Oklahoma's aerospace proposition is further supported by assets unique to the state such as:

  • The FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center is located in Oklahoma City and is the central training and support facility in the U.S. for the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The center employs 5,500 and trains more than 20,000 students each year.
  • The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base is the largest depot in the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Comprehensive UAS infrastructure, which includes the world's first university graduate degree in UAS and dedicated hangar, runways, urban testing facilities, and military airspace available for UAS testing.
  • Oklahoma’s Spaceport is one of only a few in the country and with a 13,500-ft main runway, has one of the longest runways in North America.
  • 12 colleges and universities with aerospace programs and six technical centers with dedicated training for the aerospace industry.
  • A Training for Industry Program (TIP), which provides customized employee training for no or low cost to companies.
  • Fully integrated supply chain made up of over 500 companies which meet the needs of the aerospace industry. 
  • Available facilities and sites; Oklahoma has nearly 5 million square feet of aviation-suited commercial space within a 4-mile radius of two international airports and Tinker Air Force Base and nearly 1,500 acres of Greenfield space for aviation use near airports.
  • Business Incentive Packages well suited for the aerospace industry such as:
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