Editors Note: We would like to thank the Union Leader for highlighting some of our NHADEC members and publishing this great piece on May 12, 2018.
U.S. Air Force pilots flying Boeing F-15 fighter jets can thank nearly two dozen New Hampshire companies for the electronics system used to detect missiles and approaching enemy planes.
BAE Systems in Nashua works with 21 local firms that supply parts to the defense contractor to build the system to help protect pilots against enemy threats.
“What really makes the difference is the stuff you just can’t buy off the shelf: the engineering, the creativity, finding faster parts, parts that have more performance,” said Michael Roberts, a program director at BAE, whose electronics systems sector is based in Nashua.
About 200 BAE employees in New Hampshire help support that warfare system program, with Boeing providing BAE with more than $100 million for it over a five-year period, Roberts said.
Overall, Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, said its business last year with 93 Granite State vendors and suppliers was worth $200 million, supporting 5,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Those companies were spread among more than three dozen communities – from Hudson to Lisbon. Nashua led with 10 vendors, followed by Manchester with nine.
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