The US is the leading destination market for greenfield aerospace and defense FDI, while it is also the top source market. GlobalData’s aerospace and defense foreign direct investment (FDI) report highlights the current trends in aerospace and defense foreign investments. Buy the report here.

Between 2019 and 2023, the aerospace and defense sector was the twentieth largest FDI sector in terms of the number of greenfield investments. The aerospace and defense sector accounts for 0.9% of global greenfield FDI projects.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

Combined, the top ten destination countries account for 60.3% of total aerospace and defense FDI projects.

The leading destination country for aerospace and defense FDI is the US. The UK, France and Australia are also popular aerospace and defense investment hubs.

According to GlobalData’s FDI Projects database, Israel-based companies were the leading source of greenfield aerospace and defense investments into the US.

With respect to outbound FDI, the US was the leading aerospace and defense source market. US-based companies held a 23.2% share of total outbound aerospace and defense FDI projects. France, Netherlands, Germany and the UK are also top source markets for aerospace and defense FDI.

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