Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Defense Contracts Up 8.4% to $904 Million

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Defense Contracts Up 8.4% to $904 Million

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TULSA (AP) - Oklahoma defense contractors held $904 million in Pentagon contracts on Jan. 1, an 8.4 percent increase from a year earlier, according to figures released by a regional defense services office.

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. …

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