Top 40 Aerospace and Defence companies by R&D investment

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Top 40 Aerospace and Defence companies by R&D investment

How much do aerospace and defence spend on R&D? The 2012 European Commission EU R&D Scoreboard revealed the ranking of all industrial sectors by level of R&D investment in which aerospace and defence took the 8th position. US companies decreased R&D investment in aerospace and defence and contribution to the total Scoreboard R&D by the EU companies is 50.3% to Aerospace & Defence.

I filtered through the list for all companies listed to see how they rank.

Here are the top 40 from 2011, according to the European Commission.

Rank Company Country R&D Investment 2011 (Million Euros) World Rank (All industries)
40 Curtiss-Wright USA 48.0 1201
39 Alliant Techsystems USA 51.3 1140
38 Pilatus Aircraft Switzerland 55.0 1083
37 L-3 Communications USA 56.4 1063
36 Singapore Technologies Engineering Singapore 58.9 1022
35 Nexter France 62.1 977
34 Esterline Technologies USA 73.0 869
33 Japan Aviation Electronics Industry Japan 73.8 864
32 Teledyne Technologies USA 78.8 825
31 Moog USA 82.2 799
30 EMBRAER Brazil 85.9 761
29 Cobham UK 90.0 732
28 Kongsberg Gruppen Norway 93.0 714
27 Meggitt UK 99.4 684
26 Industria de Turbo Propulsores Spain 103.4 661
25 FLIR Systems USA 113.7 613
24 Ruag Switzerland 115.0 607
23 IAI Israel 119.0 592
22 BE Aerospace USA 122.6 585
21 MTU Aero Engines Germany 124.2 580
20 Bombardier Canada 140.0 524
19 SAAB Sweden 152.0 480
18 Zodiac Aerospace France 181.0 421
17 Goodrich USA 190.9 402
16 Elbit Systems Israel 223.1 368
15 Dassault Aviation France 273.4 319
14 BAE Systems UK 273.6 318
13 Rockwell Collins USA 274.4 316
12 General Dynamics USA 297.5 307
11 Textron USA 405.8 230
10 Northrop Grumman USA 419.7 224
9 Lockheed Martin USA 452.1 207
8 Raytheon USA 483.0 194
7 Rolls-Royce UK 621.4 161
6 Thales France 629.2 160
5 SAFRAN France 723.0 147
4 United Technologies USA 1590.5 71
3 Finmeccanica Italy 1960.0 56
2 Boeing USA 2771.5 43
1 EADS The Netherlands 3249.0 33

What do you think about the R&D expenditure? Any surprises on the list? Let us know your thoughts.

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