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Aerospace and Defense

Our state is home to many research institutions with programs in military training, unmanned aerial systems, mechanical engineering, and radar and sensor technologies.


Oklahoma has a legacy of aerospace innovation and success dating back more than 100 years, with pioneers like Wiley Post, who launched his career of exploring the limits of high-altitude, long-distance flight in our state. Today, some of the world’s most successful aerospace companies operate in Oklahoma.


Not only is Oklahoma a right-to-work state with labor costs 25 percent below the national average, but we also offer a variety of business incentives like the Aerospace Engineer Workforce Tax Credit and 21st Century Quality Jobs Program.

We are home to the premier bomb loading facility in the US with a third of all Department of Defense ammunition stockpiled on the McAlester base. The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is an industry leader in munition production, renovation, storage and demilitarization.


  • Spirit AeroSystems in McAlester is designated as a three-axis and four-axis center of excellence, focusing on the fabrication of complex commercial and military aircraft parts.
  • The Choctaw Nation was 1 of 10 FAA designated Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program locations.
  • The Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base is the largest depot in the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • More than 120,000 Oklahomans employed by companies in the aerospace and defense industry.
  • Civilian & military aviation and aerospace account $43.7 billion in economic activity annually.
  • The FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center is the central support and training facility in the U.S. for the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The center trains more than 20,000 students a year.
  • Twelve of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities have aerospace programs.
  • Oklahoma is home to the nation’s first UAS-focused degree program.

Oklahoma’s extensive education system, business development team and workforce organizations work together to ensure aerospace businesses have access to a pipeline of talent to get started and keep going. Find out more.


Our central location has made us a hub for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) where a strong, skilled workforce rebuilds and repairs aircraft. Add to that the Choctaw Nation designation for drone flight research. The FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the central training and support facility in the U.S. for the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The American Airlines commercial aircraft MRO in Tulsa, Okla., is the largest in the nation. Tinker Air Force Base, the largest military MRO in the country. The list goes on and on.

In the emerging unmanned industry, our unique mix of terrain and testing capacity make Oklahoma perfect for UAS/UAV research and development. Oklahoma is a UAS hub for fire & rescue, precision agriculture, safety & security, transmission monitoring, weather, and aerial photography.

1,100+ aerospace entities operating in Oklahoma encompass all aspects of the supply chain – manufacturers, MRO, research and development, military and others.


Oklahoma City Metro

Aerospace and Defense Companies in the Choctaw Nation Territory Choctaw Defense

  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • McAlester Army Ammunition Plant
  • Textron
  • Raytheon
  • General Dynamics
  • Boeing

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The Choctaw Nation Team will work with you to meet the specific needs of your project.
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