McDonnell Douglas, the nation's largest defense contractor, also is Oklahoma's largest defense manufacturer with contracts valued at $333.7 million, according to the Defense Contract Administration Services Region office in Dallas
Oklahoma's growing defense industry echoes the growth of Pentagon programs in the six-state Southwest region, federal officials said.
A record $25 billion in Department of Defense contracts were held by private companies in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona on Jan. 1, a 10.6 percent increase from a year earlier.
Based at Air Force Plant No. 3 at Tulsa International Airport, McDonnell Douglas manufactures parts for an array of aircraft including the F-15 and F-18 fighters, Harpoon missiles and KC-10 and DC-10 jets.
Although contracts recorded by the Dallas agency reflect trends in defense contracting, they do not reflect total Pentagon contracts awarded a particular company.
Rockwell International Corp., for instance, which the agency ranks in the top 10 of Oklahoma defense contractors with $25.3 million in contracts, has B-1 bomber programs not accounted for in the agency bookkeeping system.
The B-1 programs were awarded Rockwell's Palmdale, Calif., division, which then subcontracted parts of the program out to its other divisions around the country, officials said. …