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Competitive Analysis of Defence Contractors

Competitive Analysis of Defence Contractors

This study is an update of the 2014 report on defence contractors. There are slight changes in the top 15 companies selected to reflect their performance in 2014; the quantitative analysis has been done from 2005-2014. The study focuses on defence businesses and contractors, while also considering the non-defence activities of these companies. Globalisation and the blurring of boundaries between commercial and defence companies coupled with recent budget constraints in Western countries are likely to significantly impact the long-term strategy of defence contractors. As a result, contractors will continue to increasingly face several challenges that they will need to overcome for market success.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Methodology and Selection Process
  • Strategic Overview and Options for Defence Contractors
    • Introduction-Strategic Context and Industry Environment
    • Strategic Options for Defence Industry Participants
    • Deeper Market Penetration
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Introduction
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Cumulative Data of Selected Contractors
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Cumulative Data of Selected Contractors Chart Analysis
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping (2005)
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping (2009)
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping (2014)
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping Analysis
    • Deeper Market Penetration-Conclusion
    • New Product Development
    • New Product Development-Introduction
    • New Product Development-Strategic Mapping (2005)
    • New Product Development-Strategic Mapping (2009)
    • New Product Development-Strategic Mapping (2014)
    • New Product Development-Strategic Mapping Analysis
    • New Product Development-Conclusion
    • Broader Market Penetration
    • Broader Market Penetration-Geographic Expansion
    • Broader Market Penetration-Geographic Expansion: Revenue from Home Market
    • Broader Market Penetration-Geographic Expansion: Revenue from Home Market (2014)
    • Broader Market Penetration-Geographic Expansion: Revenue from Home Market Analysis
    • Broader Market Penetration-Geographic Expansion: Conclusion
    • Broader Market Penetration-Commercial Expansion
    • Broader Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping (2005)
    • Broader Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping (2009)
    • Broader Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping (2014)
    • Broader Market Penetration-Strategic Mapping Analysis
    • Broader Market Penetration-Commercial Expansion: Cumulative Total and Defence Revenue
    • Broader Market Penetration-Commercial Expansion: Cumulative Total and Defence Revenue Analysis
    • Broader Market Penetration-Commercial Expansion: Conclusion
    • Diversification
    • Diversification-The Virtuous Cycle
    • Diversification-The Virtuous Cycle: Strategic Option for Defence Companies
    • Diversification-Analysis of the Virtuous Cycle
    • Conclusion
  • Appendix-Company Profiles
    • Market Presence
    • Market Presence-Category Definitions
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Boeing
  • BAE Systems
  • Raytheon
  • Northrop Grumman
  • General Dynamics
  • Airbus Group
  • United Technologies Corporation (UTC)
  • Thales Group
  • Finmeccanica
  • L-3 Communications Holdings
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Honeywell International
  • Textron
  • Safran

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