Global Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Deals in 2021 – Top Themes in the Aerospace, Defence and Security Sector – Thematic Research

Pages: 27 Published: January 28, 2022 Report Code: GDMA-TR-M015AD

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The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deal value in the global aerospace, defence, and security (ADS) sector was $33 billion in 2020. Homeland security saw the highest growth in terms of deal value in 2021, followed by simulation & training and maritime.​ All regions except China reported an increase in deal value in 2021, as compared to the previous year.​

Overview of the global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector

Overview of the global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector

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What are the market dynamics in the global aerospace, defence, and security sector?

In the last 20 years, unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, have been rapidly adopted in many sectors, both in the civil and defence fields. They are used in several naval, land, and littoral operations, especially for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) due to their low operating cost, versatile and long-term endurance, and ability to be used safely in dangerous areas. Hence, countries across the globe are investing in the procurement, research, and development of UAVs.​ Drones have the potential to be used as force multipliers in many areas of operations, with their modular structures and ability to carry many different payloads.​

Space systems encompass satellites and subsystems. Timely, accurate intelligence and communication are essential for military operations. The space economy has previously been restricted to satellites and their sub-systems. However, the increasing cost-effectiveness has made space a new frontier.  The future space economy will consist of satellites, space debris, space mining, space exploration, space tourism, and space infrastructure manufacturing. Satellites will provide up to 70% of the space economy’s growth in the near term, facilitated mainly by the widespread adoption of reusable launches. This burgeoning sector will disrupt many industries, from internet provision to mining and construction.

Which are the key regions in terms of M&A deal activity in the global aerospace, defence, and security sector?

The key regions in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the global ADS sector were North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC (excluding China). North America had the highest value of deals in the year 2021 followed by Europe, South & Central America, APAC, Middle East & Africa, and China.

Global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector, by region

Global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector, by region

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What are the key sub-sectors in M&A deal activity in the global aerospace, defence, and security sector?

The key sub-sectors in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the global ADS sector in 2021 are C4ISR and electronic warfare, aerospace, simulation and training, infrastructure, logistics and support, homeland security, maritime, unmanned, land, weaponry, and soldier systems.

Global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector, by sub-sector

Global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector, by sub-sector

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What are the biggest themes driving global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector?

The biggest themes that are driving M&A delas in the ADS sector are COVID-19, ESG- environmental, ESG-social, ESG-governance, artificial intelligence, China impact, and M&A. Drones, space systems, and the Internet of Things were the top 3 themes driving global M&A deals in the global ADS sector in 2021.

Which are the key companies in the global M&A deals landscape in the aerospace, defence, and security sector?

The key companies involved in M&A deals in the ADS sector in 2021 were Embraer, ManTech International, Amentum Services, Bain Capital, JB Capital, Sociedad de Valores, SAPA Placencia, Virgin Orbit, Parker Hannifin, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Broadstone Acquisition, Redwire, Ametek, CAE, and Rocket Lab.

Global M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector, by companyGlobal M&A deals in the aerospace, defence, and security sector, by company

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Market Report Scope

Deal Value (2020) $33 billion
Key regions North America, Europe, China, South and Central America, Middle East and Africa, and APAC Ex-China
Key themes COVID-19, ESG-Environmental, ESG-Social, ESG- Governance, Artificial Intelligence, China Impact, and M&A
Key sub-sectors C4ISR, Aerospace, Simulation & Training, Infrastructure, Logistics & Support, Homeland Security, Maritime, Unmanned, Land, Weaponry, and Soldier Systems
Key companies Embraer, ManTech International, Amentum Services, Bain Capital, JB Capital, Sociedad de Valores, SAPA Placencia, Virgin Orbit, Parker Hannifin, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Broadstone Acquisition, Redwire, Ametek, CAE, and Rocket Lab

Scope

This report provides an overview of merger and acquisition activity globally in 2021 in the aerospace, defence, and security sector. It identifies the themes driving most notable to deals announced in 2021 in the aerospace, defence, and security sector.

Key Players

Embraer

ManTech International

Amentum Services

Bain Capital

JB Capital

Sociedad de Valores

SAPA Placencia

Virgin Orbit

Parker Hannifin

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Broadstone Acquisition

Redwire

Ametek

CAE

Rocket Lab

Re-nk

Leidos

BlackSky

Archer Aviation

Astra

Eaton

AeroVironment

Teledyne Technologies

Zanite Acquisition

Gryphon Technologies

Pacific Architects and Engineers

ITP Aero

NextGen Acquisition II

Meggitt

Alion Science and Technology

Vertical Aerospace

Genesis Park Acquisition

Abaco Systems

L3Harris Technologies

Vector Acquisition

L-3 Communications

Gibbs & Cox

Osprey Technology Acquisition

Atlas Crest Investment

Holicity

Cobham Mission Systems Wimborne

Arcturus UAV

Teledyne FLIR

Fincantieri

iStar

AVIAN

Quickstep

Nordic Unmanned

Darkpulse

Impossible Aerospace

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

Iconic Labs

Pointerra Limited

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation

Anduril Industries

COMSovereign

Volatus Aerospace

Ingegneria dei Sistemi

ALTI – Unmanned Aircraft Systems

redUAS

Carbonicboats

AirRobot

TerraData Unmanned

VAYU

Milrem

Sting Industries

Airovant

EMT

Tetra Drones

Area-I

Sky Sapience

Arcturus UAV

UAViation Aerial Solutions

Rocket Lab USA

FMC GlobalSat

BAE Systems

Raytheon Technologies

Sitronics

Phantom Space

Hanwha Systems

Alpha Space

BlueHalo

Max Polyakov

Pure Capital Solutions

Telespazio

General Atomics

Hanwha Aerospace

Planetary Systems Corporation

ERZIA Group

In-Space Missions

SEAKR Engineering

SPUTNIX

Micro Aerospace Solutions

Network Access Associates

MEI Technologies

Design and Development Engineering Services (DDES)Apollo Fusion

Dragonfly Aerospace

Nova Corpsthe Space Activities of Vitrociset

Tiger Innovations

Oakman Aerospace

Satrec Initiative

Table of Contents

Global M&A deals in 2021 – Key takeaways

Review of global M&A deals in 2021

Themes driving global M&A deals in 2021

Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

The key regions in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the global ADS sector are North America, Europe, China, South, and Central America, the Middle East and Africa, and APAC Ex-China.

The biggest themes that will drive global M&A deals in the future in the ADS sector are COVID-19, ESG- environmental, ESG-social, ESG-governance, artificial intelligence, China impact, and M&A. Drones, space systems, and the Internet of Things were the top 3 themes driving global M&A deals in the global ADS sector in 2021.

The key sub-sectors in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the global ADS sector are C4isr, aerospace, simulation & training, infrastructure, logistics & support, homeland security, maritime, unmanned, land, weaponry, and soldier systems.

The key companies in the global M&A deals in the global ADS sector are Embraer, ManTech International, Amentum Services, Bain Capital, JB Capital, Sociedad de Valores, SAPA Placencia, Virgin Orbit, Parker Hannifin, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Broadstone Acquisition, Redwire, Ametek, CAE, and Rocket Lab.

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