Business Expansion

Business Expansion is one of our largest categories and looks at the core functions of business operations within the sector.

This consists of any projects that have expanded the company’s footprint in the sector, including: contract wins; launching in new territories; launching new product lines; the acquisition and expansion of facilities and real estate; acquisition of new machinery or other assets; improved logistics; partnerships; and significant staff increases.

  • BAE Systems
  • Elbit Systems
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Rheinmetall
  • Saab
  • Thales

Innovation

Innovation is the category with one of the widest scopes within the Excellence Rankings as it looks at novel new approaches in every area, from the fruits of research and development to novel new business practices. What all the ranked entities have in common is the demonstration of new concepts not just within their own business but in the sector as a whole.

The category includes any projects that demonstrate an innovative approach to the market. The category crosses over with many of our other categories and can include new products, novel product features, new business practices, new marketing and sales strategies and more.

  • Collins Aerospace
  • Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • General Atomics
  • General Dynamics
  • Kratos
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • Rheinmetall
  • US Army

Investments

The Investments category looks at any significant financial investments into a company or its assets, specifically those investments that facilitate expansion of a company’s operations. This can be an investment by the company itself into its operations or by an outside investor be that another company, financial institution, private equity or venture capital firm.

  • Australian Department of Defense
  • Bharat Dynamics
  • Dstl
  • Leidos
  • Leonardo
  • Thales
  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • US Army

M&A

This category includes organisations that have expanded their business operations by entering into significant mergers and acquisitions deals within the sector.

The category specifically looks at the acquisitions of whole businesses or stakes rather than asset transactions and deals must have been closed during the research period.

  • Amentum Services
  • BAE Systems
  • Leonardo
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Parsons
  • SES
  • TTM Technologies

Product Launches

The Product Launches category recognises companies that have launched notable new products or services into the market. This can include physical products, software as well as the launch of services and concepts.

We are specifically looking at novelty, including companies launching products into new areas or innovation in the product’s design, manufacture or marketing.

  • AeroVironment
  • Australian Department of Defense
  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing
  • Enterprise Control Systems/TCI
  • Rheinmetall

Research and Development

This category includes organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to the research and development of new products and/or new processes. This can include discovering or creating a unique material, transferring a research or technology development to practice, improving the performance of an existing product or creating a new simulation or design tools.

The category also includes companies that have made significant investments into their R&D processes.

  • BAE Systems
  • Boeing/Nammo
  • CSIRO
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)
  • Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • EyeTracking
  • General Dynamics
  • GM Defense
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MBDA/CAE
  • NATO
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Oshkosh Defense
  • Rheinmetall
  • Stratom
  • Textron Systems
  • Viasat