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Trends in the A&D M&A world

The aerospace and defense industry has long been a hotbed of merger and acquisition activity. In recent years, the industry has seen a surge in M&A activity as companies seek to expand their capabilities, increase their market share, and stay ahead of the competition. In this blog post, we'll discuss the current state of aerospace and defense M&A and what's driving the trend.

  1. Consolidation of the Industry: One of the primary drivers of M&A activity in the aerospace and defense industry is consolidation. In recent years, there has been a trend towards consolidation as companies seek to streamline operations, reduce costs, and increase efficiency. This has led to a wave of mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the defense sector.

  2. Increasing Competition: Another factor driving M&A activity in the aerospace and defense industry is increasing competition. As new entrants, particularly from emerging markets, seek to gain a foothold in the industry, established players are looking to acquire companies with new technologies and capabilities to stay ahead of the game.

  3. Technological Advancements: The aerospace and defense industry is heavily reliant on technology, and companies are constantly seeking to develop new and innovative products and services. M&A activity is often used as a way to acquire new technologies and intellectual property rights that can give companies a competitive edge.

  4. Changes in Government Spending: Government spending on defense and aerospace is a major driver of the industry, and changes in government policies and spending priorities can have a significant impact on M&A activity. The current geopolitical climate and tensions between major world powers are fueling increased spending on defense, which is likely to drive M&A activity in the sector.

Despite the numerous drivers of M&A activity in the A&D industry, there are also challenges and risks associated with these transactions. M&A transactions can be complex and time-consuming, and the integration of two companies can be challenging. Furthermore, government regulations and approvals can also be a significant hurdle in the M&A process.


In conclusion, the aerospace and defense industry is currently experiencing a surge in M&A activity as companies seek to consolidate, stay ahead of the competition, and acquire new technologies and capabilities. However, companies need to be mindful of the challenges and risks associated with M&A transactions and ensure that they have a clear strategy and plan for integrating the acquired company into their operations. Overall, the future of M&A activity in the aerospace and defense industry looks bright, as companies continue to seek new ways to innovate and stay ahead of the curve.


As a seasoned investor in A&D manufacturing, Cross Key Partners can guide you through the process of acquiring a company in this complex market. Reach out to schedule an exploratory call!

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