Defense & Aerospace

Defense and Aerospace comprises McAlester's largest economic cluster and collectively represents over 70 years of manufacturing history. The local workforce is skilled in the production techniques for highly sensitive equipment. Businesses needing high-precision production can take advantage of the unique and price-competitive partnerships available locally.

McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (McAAP)
McAAP is the premier bomb loading and packing facility for the US Army with responsibilities in life cycle management for conventional munitions. Private industries such as Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Textron have partnered with the Plant to produce and maintain numerous munition types.

Spirit AeroSystems
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world's largest tier-one aerostructure manufacturers for commercial and military aircraft. Spirit operates one of its eleven worldwide facilities in McAlester and has designated the local plant as a Center of Excellence for 3 and 4-axis machining. Before Spirit, Rockwell International and Boeing operated in McAlester.

Choctaw Defense Services
Choctaw Defense Services is owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is a defense subcontractor for the US Armed Forces, Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. Choctaw Defense creates a wide range of military-grade products and also produces several calibers of small arms ammunition for Fiocchi of America.

Choctaw Nation UAS IPP

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is one of nine national participants in the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) with the purpose of safety testing and validating advanced aerial operations. The Choctaw Nation has partnered with several UAS companies, including Bell Textron, to test new UAS innovations and systems.