Aerospace & Defense

National Aerospace FDI Exposition (Expo).  

The International Trade Administration, SelectUSA, and the Aerospace States Association are co-hosting the National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition in Los Angeles on October 26-28, 2015.

The Expo provides information and resources for international companies looking to establish a presence in the United States. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. aerospace manufacturing sector is growing rapidly, outpacing the average FDI growth in all U.S. industries. Through matchmaking meetings arranged by the Expo organizers, investors can meet one-on-one with economic developers and officials to explore opportunities and learn about resources and incentives. Top government and industry speakers will discuss the dynamics and trends of the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry. Confirmed speakers include senior officials from the departments of Commerce, Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as senior industry representatives (including the president of Airbus’ operations in North America). Registration is already live and the website, including a draft agenda, can be found here:


Welcome to the U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace and Defense Technology Team Page.

We are the industry’s primary export resource and should be your first point of contact when looking to sell internationally. Our team of domestic and international trade specialists, located at our Export Assistance Centers in the United States and at U.S. Embassies overseas, is prepared to assist in increasing your export sales. U.S. Points of Contact are available to discuss your international business needs.

The aerospace & defense industry has been a cornerstone of the U.S. economy for decades and has provided well-paying jobs for a variety of skill levels. The industry’s position is now challenged by global competition, changes in technology, national and worldwide economic conditions, and global policies affecting defense, civilian and commercial aviation. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service strives to provide assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness. Specifically, the Aerospace and Defense Technology Team works with companies to help them:

  • Gain access to international sales opportunities
  • Identify international representatives and agents
  • Vet potential international partners
  • Maximize trade show efforts
  • Understand relevant aerospace and defense market opportunities worldwide

Take Action Now: Contact an Aerospace and Defense trade specialist, explore upcoming events and trade leads, and increase your international sales. We look forward to working with you!


For detailed country by country analysis on worldwide markets, please see the Aerospace Resource Guide.

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The lead author of this report is Fred Elliott, an international trade specialist on the Aerospace Team in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Jonathan Alvear, Alexis Haakensen, and Kim Wells, also Aerospace Team staff members, collaborated in developing statistical methodology and prepared country case studies. Chris Blaha, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, provided trade data and statistical analysis. Scott Kennedy, Aerospace Team Leader, managed the team effort.

Detailed Event Information For DEFEXPO 2014 (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For DEFEXPO 2014 (TFC Event)
DEFEXPO 2014 (TFC Event) -- Defense Industry Eq., Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq.
Location/Date: New Delhi, India 02/06/2014 - 02/09/2014
Event Summary:
U.S. land and naval defense industry companies interested in India's $4 billion annual defense procurement budget should plan to exhibit in the US Pavilion at DefExpo 2014, the premier land and naval defense trade show in India. Organized by India's Defense Exhibition Organization (DEO) a part of India's Ministry of Defense (MOD), DefExpo 2014 will be held February 6 - 9, 2014, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. This four day event offers U.S. companies a unique opportunity to market their products and services directly to the Indian Armed Forces and to meet with potential Indian partners. DefExpo 2014 also provides an excellent opportunity to learn about upcoming procurements by the Indian Army and Navy and the latest market trends amongst their competitors. As the principal buyer for all Indian Government defense purchases, the MOD expects all interested foreign companies to participate in DefExpo 2014. India is increasing its capabilities to counter perceived threats from regional threats, and plans to spend $50 billion on its military over the next 5 years, while attempting to make its global procurement process easier. U.S. Commercial Service (CS) staff and Office of Defense Cooperation officers from the U.S. Embassy will be on hand at DefExpo 2014 to support U.S. exhibitors. DefExpo 2014 is expected to attract more than 40,000 trade visitors from 47 countries interested in all aspects of defense procurement including: • Armored Vehicles; • Automated Security; Electro-Optical Systems; • Communications; • Information Technology; • Weapons & Explosives; • Surveillance Equipment; • Satellites; • Tactical Gear; • Apparel; • R&D; • Tanks; • Anti-Aircraft Guns; • Submarines; • Shipbuilding; • Explosive Detection

Michael Thompson, Trade Event Programs
International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0671
Danielle Schounnot, Kallman Worldwide

Phone: 1 201-251-2600 x110
Stephanie Heckel, Greensboro
Phone: 336-333-5345
Jitender Jassal, New Delhi
Commerce Specialist
Phone: +91 11 2347 2187