Defense contractors value Delaware’s strategic location, strong military presence, skilled workforce and opportunities to leverage the State’s excellent universities.


Industry Overview

Delaware has much to offer civilian and military contractors looking to establish or expand manufacturing, distribution and consulting operations: Its strategic location halfway between New York and Washington; proximity to the Army Research Laboratory and the Aberdeen Proving Ground in nearby Maryland; comprehensive logistics infrastructure; leading research universities and the Dover Air Force base all offer considerable benefits.

The U.S. Department of Defense has tapped pioneering research being conducted at the State’s universities, signing a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the University of Delaware for work at Aberdeen Proving Ground. UD’s Center for Composite Materials collaborates with about 210 companies representing materials suppliers and end users in the aerospace, automotive, defense and durable goods industries, and has hosted six National Science Foundation/Department of Defense Centers of Excellence.

Defense and civilian contractors with operations in Delaware include Beechcraft, Dimo and Honeywell, which take advantage of the State’s skilled workforce, high quality of life and low cost of living. The State is also the corporate home to the country’s largest defense companies, including DynCorp, Textron, Rockwell Collins, URS, Exelis, Honeywell, United Technologies, Raytheon, Northrop Grumann and Boeing.


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Success Stories


Fran DiNuzzo, ILC Dover


Fran DiNuzzo

ILC Dover


Best-known for its NASA space suits, ILC Dover engineers a wide range of products using high-performance flexible materials for defense, government and civilian customers. ILC continues to leverage its expertise in system design and materials engineering to seek out new markets for its high tech solutions. Read the full story 


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Dover Air Force Base

DAFB is home to the 436th “Eagle Wing” and the Air Force Reserve 512th “Liberty Wing” Airlift Wings. Using C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, the Eagle Wing flies hundreds of missions throughout the world, providing 25 percent of the Nation’s strategic airlift capability to more than 100 countries.

ILC Dover, one of three partners on Space Suit Art Project to help kids with cancer

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Delaware space suit developer ILC Dover has teamed up with NASA and the MD Anderson Cancer Center to help pediatric patients cope with cancer treatment through an amazing art program.

University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials

The CCM is a 64-member university-industry consortium with annual expenditures of more than $12 million. The Center’s mission is to conduct basic and applied research, educate scientists and engineers and develop and transition technology. The CCM has hosted six National Science Foundation /Department of Defense Centers of Excellence since 1986.

Delaware Aviation Assets and Resources

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Delaware is home to twelve airports and airfields and one heliport, all of which are suited to meet a diverse array of needs. Any airport or airfield in Delaware is capable of providing partners with access to services and resources both in Delaware and the surrounding markets.

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