Will combat drones reshape the American military aeronautics industry?

The US Air Force revealed, through press release, the names of the two manufacturers selected to design and build the prototypes of the first batch of combat drones, intended to accompany the future NGAD, successors to the F-22, as well as a few hundred specially prepared F-35As.

These drones must make it possible to respond to observed and anticipated developments in aerial warfare, while preserving, as much as possible, the costly and increasingly fewer combat aircraft, as well as their precious crews.

However, beyond the operational and technological revolution which is taking shape across the Atlantic, with the arrival of these drones before the end of the decade, another revolution is at work, industrial this time, around this program . Indeed, the two manufacturers selected, Anduril and General Atomics, do not belong to the 5 major defense groups, created by the 1993 concentration initiative.

The great defense industrial concentration of 1993 in the United States and its consequences

Until 1993, the American defense industrial and technological base was made up of around fifty large groups, often specialized. With the end of the Cold War, and the inevitable restructuring of the global arms market which until then supported the dynamism of this American industry, the Clinton administration undertook a very significant concentration in this sector.

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In 1991, the F-15 was built by Mc Donnell Douglas, bought in 1997 by Boeing, and the F-16 by General Dynamics, whose combat aircraft activity was bought in 1993 by Lockheed Martin.

50 US defense companies concentrated in 5 major groups

This is how the fifty major American defense companies were transformed into five strategic groups. In order of turnover today, these are Lockheed Martin, RTX (formerly Raytheon), Boeing, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics.

This concentration made it possible to make these five major American players the world leaders in the defense industry. Even today, while manufacturers in China, Europe and elsewhere have also appeared, they remain firmly anchored in the TOP 5 global defense companies ranked by turnover.

It is clear, therefore, that the 1993 strategy was crowned with success, by further strengthening the omnipresence of the American defense industry in the US sphere of influence.

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The Stinger surface-to-air missile now costs $400. It cost $000 in 25. Overall inflation in the United States from 000 to 1990 is only 1990%.

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