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Aerospace and defense represents Arkansas’ #1 export, and we are home to nearly 180 well-known aerospace and defense companies that include MRO, component parts, completion centers, and defense contractors as well as the Little Rock Air Force Base. The state is also one of the nation’s fastest growing defense corridors, with companies like Aerojet Rocketdyne, Esterline, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
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- Home to 180 Aerospace/Defense companies, including Dassault Falcon Jet, which has established its largest facility in the world in central Arkansas, along with Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, General Dynamics, and other industry leaders
- Aerospace/Defense is Arkansas’ leading export. In 2017, aircraft & aircraft parts were Arkansas’s largest category of export with over $1.5 B dollars in goods exported
- Numerous available sites with runway access and aviation-focused facilities
- 8,276 employees in Aerospace/Defense manufacturing; 4,050 directly engaged in aerospace products and parts manufacturing
- 2,528 Airframe and Powertrain (A&P) licensed mechanics
- The Little Rock Air Force Base has more than 10,800 personnel, including civilians, active duty, and Army Reserve Force
- From 2010 to present, nearly 1,300 aerospace jobs have been created statewide
- The Little Rock Air Force Base has over 6,600 personnel, including civilians, active duty and Army Reserve Forces.
- 45 colleges, universities & 2-year colleges throughout Arkansas
- Five educational institutions offer certification in Aviation Maintenance Technology including both Powerplant and Airframe mechanic career education
- 21 colleges, universities, and 2-year colleges, all high schools and several other organizations offer coursework, instruction or degrees in cybersecurity.
- The Arkansas Department of Education's cybersecurity education initiative offers free coursework to all high school students with an interest in the field.
- Over 2,100 engineering-related certificates and degrees awarded annually
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From the Newsroom
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From the Blog
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