Aerospace & Defense

National Aerospace FDI Exposition (Expo).  

The International Trade Administration, SelectUSA, and the Aerospace States Association are co-hosting the National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Exposition in Los Angeles on October 26-28, 2015.

The Expo provides information and resources for international companies looking to establish a presence in the United States. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. aerospace manufacturing sector is growing rapidly, outpacing the average FDI growth in all U.S. industries. Through matchmaking meetings arranged by the Expo organizers, investors can meet one-on-one with economic developers and officials to explore opportunities and learn about resources and incentives. Top government and industry speakers will discuss the dynamics and trends of the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry. Confirmed speakers include senior officials from the departments of Commerce, Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as senior industry representatives (including the president of Airbus’ operations in North America). Registration is already live and the website, including a draft agenda, can be found here:


Welcome to the U.S. Commercial Service Aerospace and Defense Technology Team Page.

We are the industry’s primary export resource and should be your first point of contact when looking to sell internationally. Our team of domestic and international trade specialists, located at our Export Assistance Centers in the United States and at U.S. Embassies overseas, is prepared to assist in increasing your export sales. U.S. Points of Contact are available to discuss your international business needs.

The aerospace & defense industry has been a cornerstone of the U.S. economy for decades and has provided well-paying jobs for a variety of skill levels. The industry’s position is now challenged by global competition, changes in technology, national and worldwide economic conditions, and global policies affecting defense, civilian and commercial aviation. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service strives to provide assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness. Specifically, the Aerospace and Defense Technology Team works with companies to help them:

  • Gain access to international sales opportunities
  • Identify international representatives and agents
  • Vet potential international partners
  • Maximize trade show efforts
  • Understand relevant aerospace and defense market opportunities worldwide

Take Action Now: Contact an Aerospace and Defense trade specialist, explore upcoming events and trade leads, and increase your international sales. We look forward to working with you!


For detailed country by country analysis on worldwide markets, please see the Aerospace Resource Guide.

Click the cover below to download a copy:

The lead author of this report is Fred Elliott, an international trade specialist on the Aerospace Team in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Jonathan Alvear, Alexis Haakensen, and Kim Wells, also Aerospace Team staff members, collaborated in developing statistical methodology and prepared country case studies. Chris Blaha, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, provided trade data and statistical analysis. Scott Kennedy, Aerospace Team Leader, managed the team effort.

Detailed Event Information For IDEF 2013 -- International Defense Industry Fair 2013 Detailed Event Information For IDEF 2013 -- International Defense Industry Fair 2013
IDEF 2013 -- International Defense Industry Fair 2013 -- Aircraft/Aircraft Parts, Airport/Ground Support Eq., Computers/Peripherals, Computer Software, Defense Industry Eq., Electronic Components, Medical Eq., Security/Safety Eq., Telecommunications Eq.
Location/Date: Istanbul, Turkey 05/07/2013 - 05/10/2013
Event Summary:
U.S. defense and security companies interested in selling their products and services to Turkey and in European and Middle East markets should consider exhibiting at IDEF 2013, Turkey's International Defense Industry Fair. IDEF 2013 will take place May 7-10, 2013 at Tuyap Fair, Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Defense, IDEF 2013 is one of the largest defense exhibitions in the region and will offer U.S. exhibitors an excellent opportunity to meet with key decision makers in Turkey's Armed Forces, along with distributors, potential partners and prime contractors in Turkey and throughout the region. U.S. Commercial Service staff and U.S. Department of Defense Cooperation officers will assist U.S. exhibitors in expediting contacts and meetings with major decision makers in Turkish and other foreign militaries and governments, and local and third country company officials. At IDEF 2011, more than 630 companies and representatives from 46 countries showcased their products and services to 34 Ministers and Deputy Ministers, 12 General Staff Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs, and 437 high-level foreign delegation members responsible for defense supply for their respective countries. Trade visitors at IDEF 2011 totaled 52,502, an increase of 22.7 percent over the 2009 show. As charter member of NATO and a key strategic ally of the United States, Turkey has the second largest armed forces in NATO, with more than 610,000 in uniform. In 2011, Turkey spent $17.9 billion on defense, with annual increases anticipated over the foreseeable future.

Deborah Semb, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-0677
LexaLynn Hooper, The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)

Phone: 703/907-2666
Amy Frankstein, The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)

Phone: 703/907-2413