Aerospace Industries Association, U.S.
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The U.S. defense industry, which is composed of firms that manufacture defense equipment and supply
defense-related parts and services, shipped approximately $20 billion worth of exports in 2017, which
accounted for 1.3 percent of total U.S. exports for that year. Over the past ten years, U.S. defense
exports grew by a considerable 75 percent, or from $11.5 billion in 2007 to $20 billion in 2017, with the
largest growth taking place in the industry’s military aerospace subsector. The most recent data also
show the U.S. maintaining its position as the world’s largest exporter of defense equipment. In 2016, the
U.S. accounted for 32 percent of total global defense exports, followed by Russia (21%), Germany (9%),
France (7%), and China (7%).
On a geographic basis, the largest destinations for U.S. defense equipment were the Asia-Pacific and the
Middle East, which collectively accounted for 62 percent of total defense exports in 2017, or $12.5
billion. Defense exports to the Americas, Africa and Europe accounted for the remaining 38 percent, or
$7.5 billion. With regard to content, U.S. defense exports continue to be dominated by aerospace
platforms, parts and components, which accounted for nearly 69 percent of total defense exports in
2017, or $13.9 billion, while exports of land systems, sea systems and weapons accounted for the
remaining 31 percent, or $6.2 billion.