Defence companies are increasingly turning to activities outside the military.
They want to sell their expertise, innovations and products to commercial customers or for ventures that have a non-military application.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the defence companies' moves into parallel markets is probably the motor industry.
BAE is also adapting its cyber, intelligence and security businesses for commercial applications. This year, it announced a five-year strategic partnership with
It has also had, for some time, a significant presence in the commercial aircraft electronics market, through its engine and flight controls activities.
In the same way, Babcock now has about a third of its business outside defence. It provides engineering services to the mining and construction industry and it is the
Babcock is also involved in education in
The US multinational
Last month, Lockheed bought
One of the factors behind the
Pressure on government budgets is not going to disappear. "Fiscal pressures in the US and internationally are forcing our customers to make difficult choices and do more with less," a spokesman for Lockheed says. The business recently opened
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