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Cyber Security, Defense, Aerospace and Aviation

 “Hampton Roads has the facilities, intellectual capacity, industrial depth, talented work force and entrepreneurial spirit to become a national center of excellence for developing, manufacturing and testing unmanned systems of all kinds – ground, air, and maritime. Virginia’s land and water geography make it an ideal location for every facet of this multi-billion dollar industry of the future.”
-Craig Quigley, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance

Hampton Roads has a strong and well-recognized military and defense presence as well as aviation industry. With over 100,000 active duty and reserve military in the area, cutting-edge companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, and research facilities like NASA Langley Research Center and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility leading the charge, Hampton Roads is uniquely suited for the high-tech defense industries of today and tomorrow.

Key Companies

  • Carson Helicopters, Inc.
  • General Dynamics NASSCO – Earl Industries
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Klett Consulting Group, Inc. 
  • L3 Communications Holdings, Inc
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Prevailance
  • Raytheon Technical Services
  • Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • Sera Brynn
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.
  • Valkyrie Enterprises

Regional Industry Highlights

  • All branches of the military are represented in Hampton Roads. Approximately 120,000 active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel are located in the region, and more than 6,000 exiting military enter the local labor force each year.
  • The aerospace and aviation industry employs approximately 26,900 people in the state of Virginia. 73% of these workers are employed by firms producing either aerospace technology or aerospace equipment.
  • Virginia is home to the highest concentration of technology workers in the U.S., according to the publication Cyberstates, due in large part to the Hampton Roads region. Approximately 82,000 workers, or 10% of the regional workforce, are in occupations deemed “high-tech.”

Research Facilities

  • NASA Langley Research Center – America’s first civil aeronautics laboratory, NASA Langley utilizes more than 40 wind tunnels and state-of-the-art equipment to test and develop new aeronautic equipment. The facility is been awarded dozens of patents annually, and has won a total of seven Collier Trophies.
  • National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) – A non-profit research and graduate education institute founded by a consortium of large universities to conduct cutting-edge aerospace and atmospheric research, develop new technologies and train the next generation of scientists and engineers. NIA serves as a strategic partner with NASA Langley Research Center.
  • Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) – VMASC is one of the world’s leading research centers for computer modeling, simulation, and visualization. The mission of the center is to conduct collaborative modeling and simulation research and development, provide expertise to government agencies and industry, and to support Old Dominion University, Hampton Roads and Virginia in their research capabilities.

Educational Assets

Hampton Roads has a variety of educational opportunities available for aviation-minded students, including:

  • The Aviation Academy for high school students interested in aviation engineering
  • The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Old Dominion University
  • The Department of Aviation in the School of Engineering and Technology at Hampton University
  • The 128th Aviation Brigade, an army aviation logistics school
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as the Aviation Institute of Maintenance, both offering degrees in aircraft maintenance and aeronautics management.

Military Aviation

Hampton Roads is home to two major military aviation facilities: Naval Air Station Oceana and Langley Air Force Base.

  • N.A.S. Oceana, commissioned in 1943, is the world’s largest master jet base. The facility is manned by more than 8,000 active duty & reserve personnel and 4,300 civilians, and is home to 18 fight/attack squadrons and the Navy’s most advanced aircraft.
  • Langley Air Force Base, commissioned in 1916, is the home of an Air Base Wing, Fighter Wing, and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing.This facility is manned by more than 9,000 active duty & reserve personnel and 3,000 civilians
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