Aerospace Companies in Northern Virginia

Innovative companies soar to new levels of success in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County is home to some of the biggest names in the defense and aerospace industry. You’ll find key companies in defense and aerospace systems engineering, cybersecurity, and homeland security. Aerospace companies in Virginia flock to Fairfax County, taking advantage of the proximity to the Pentagon and other government agencies like the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and NASA. Our sought-after location leads to easier access to leading customers, federal regulators, and a network of business partners.

Fairfax County also offers companies a competitive workforce. This includes a large pool of candidates with security clearances and an abundance of former military personnel. Whether it’s aerospace research and development or systems products or services, you’ll find the right talent in Fairfax. Each year, defense contractors in Virginia choose to award Fairfax County-based companies. They receive more federal procurement dollars and high-profile projects than any other locality in the nation.

Who are the top aerospace companies in Virginia?

From aeronautics to avionic companies, several aerospace companies have chosen Fairfax County. Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defense technology company moved their headquarters from Los Angeles to West Falls Church in 2011. 

Fairfax is also home to Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce. You’ll also find BAE Systems USA, Raytheon, Boeing in Arlington, Airbus in Herndon, SAIC in Reston, and General Dynamics in Reston

Aerospace companies are flocking to Fairfax Virginia, Washington, D.C, and Virginia to conduct business. Some well-known companies in Virginia include the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton and Textron in Newport News.

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David Kelley, Director, National Business Investment

David Kelley

Director, National Business Investment

Rankings & Facts


of U.S. federal contract award dollars go to companies in Fairfax County


FY 20 contracts awarded to Fairfax County companies


Fortune 500 defense and aerospace firms operate in Fairfax County


of the top 100 global defense companies operate in Fairfax County | Defense News


workers employed in computer and mathematical occupations and architecture and engineering occupations.

Top players driving innovation in Fairfax County

What the Data Says

Aerospace Engineers and Technicians

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 2020