The 2022 Excellence Rankings for Business Expansion
The Excellence Rankings celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations in the industry. The programme provides a platform to recognise the people and companies that are driving change.
Our programme is designed to highlight excellence within the sector by looking at a range of corporate activities including deals, business projects and company initiatives, both internal and in the community.
What is Business Expansion?
Business Expansion is one of our largest categories and looks at the core functions of business operations within the sector.
This consists of any projects that have expanded the company’s footprint in the sector, including: contract wins; launching in new territories; launching new product lines; the acquisition and expansion of facilities and real estate; acquisition of new machinery or other assets; improved logistics; partnerships; and significant staff increases.
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Recent global disruptions seem to have not hampered the naval industry’s expansion, which can be seen through the growth of fleet capabilities and numbers around the globe, with many fleets being refurbished or upgraded to fit the modern needs of the industry.
Keeping track with the times is a sign of a healthy industry and in the C4ISR sector we have seen evidence of this through the development of new and improved models and technologies including more accurate navigation systems optimised to work with satellite and 5G technology and acoustic minesweeping.
Another notable category is Aviation, which has also seen steady growth during the research period, including many cases of innovation and optimisation, with prominent examples in the development of jets and expansion of fleet capacity.
Logistics has also seen steady growth through the optimisation of software systems and the expansion of equipment production, highlighting a heightened need for maintaining fleet capabilities and integrity and a focus on optimising processes.
|Air Industries Group||Embraer||Marotta Controls|
|Airbus Group||Griffon Corporation||Northrop Grumman|
|BAE Systems||Leonardo||Rossell India|
|Boeing||Lockheed Martin||Textron Aviation|
The companies in this category are producing helicopters, jets and other aviation equipment to ensure operational efficiency and aerial defence capabilities.
C4ISR: Defence and Space Technology
|Advanced Technology International||Collins Aerospace||Leonardo||Northrop Grumman|
|Airbus Group||Combined Maritime Forces||Mahindra Defence Systems Limited (MDSL)||Orbit Communications Systems|
|AirFab||Elbit Systems||MBDA||Parsons Corporation|
|BAE Systems||Huntington Ingalls Industries||National Armaments Consortium||Raytheon Technologies Corporation|
|Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions||Indra||Naval Surface Warfare Center||Ultra Electronics Group|
Defence and space technology are key to the successful integration of defensive systems. The companies in this category have been creating defence systems, space-based targeting solutions and satellite-enhanced targeting systems to name but a few.
C4ISR: Electronic Warfare
|Babcock International Group||Elettronica Marittima||QinetiQ|
|Defence Electronics Research Laboratory||Northrop Grumman||Sypris Electronics|
During the research period we have seen electronic warfare becoming increasingly prevalent as a new and innovative field of weapons systems development with the companies in this category at the forefront in delivering suites and improvements.
C4ISR: Minesweeping Technology
|Atlas Elektronik||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries||Saab|
|CTM Magnetics||Naval Group||SeeByte|
|Defence Equipment & Support||Patria||Thales|
|ECA Group||Raytheon Technologies Corporation|
Minesweeping is key to a well-functioning naval force. The companies in this category are hard at work delivering solutions including acoustic minesweepers, anti-mine vessels and remotely operated mine-hunters.
C4ISR: Navigation Systems
|Leidos||Raytheon Technologies Corporation|
The companies in this category have been improving existing navigation systems, delivering new solutions based on satellite technology, as well as delivering cybersecurity solutions for navigational software.
C4ISR: Radar and Sonar
|Cohort||Israel Aerospace Industries||Saab|
|ECA Group||Kongsberg||SEA Europe|
|General Atomics||Leidos||Smiths Interconnect|
|Hensoldt||Raytheon Technologies Corporation||Ultra Electronics Group|
|Hyundai Heavy Industries|
Radar and sonar systems are key to ensuring the safety of the crew and success of any mission. The companies in this category have been fleets with systems that are lasting and tailored for the mission at hand.
C4ISR: Reconnaissance Vehicles
|Elbit Systems||Textron Systems|
Reconnaissance is key to an operations’ success. The companies in this category have won contracts related to vehicles that operate both on land and air and have the ability to deliver efficient results.
|Austal||General Dynamics||Northrop Grumman|
|Australian Naval Infrastructure||Jacobs||Portsmouth Naval Shipyard|
|Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering||Leonardo||Vectrus|
During the research period the companies in this category have been constructing facilities such as manufacturing facilities for various components, ship-building hubs and docks.
Logistics: Digital Infrastructure
|BAE Systems||MBDA||TDM Group|
|Bharat Electronics||Naval Group||Terradepth|
|Dell Technologies||NCI Information Systems||Triumph Group|
|Eco Wave Power Global||Perspecta||VT Group|
The naval industry has seen an increase in digitalisation of key infrastructure during this period of research. The companies in this category have been creating digital tools, digitalizing port and hub infrastructure and further developing cloud-based communications.
Logistics: Equipment Expansion
|Babcock International Group||Huntington Ingalls Industries||Sentar|
|BAE Systems||Konecranes||Sierra Management and Technologies|
|BWX Technologies||Science Applications International Corporation||Vertex Marine|
Equipment is vital for the maintenance of a fleet and its operational integrity. The companies in this category have worked on projects related to equipment supply chains, the delivery of maintenance services and the optimisation of logistics.
Logistics: Propulsion Technology
|Airseas||Raytheon Technologies Corporation||Rolls-Royce|
The companies in this category produce and supply engines and have been developing alternative types of propulsion technologies.
Logistics: Systems Optimization
|Alfa Laval||ColdQuanta||Parsons Corporation|
|Babcock International Group||Lockheed Martin||Rolls-Royce|
|BAE Systems||Naval Group||Teledyne Marine Group|
Systems are integral to fleet performance and from that comes a need for optimization. The companies in this category have been working hard to optimise sensors, vessel software and energy systems.
|Airbus Group||Collins Aerospace||Opstar|
|Amentum||Kongsberg||Rohde & Schwarz|
|BAE Systems||Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group||Vertex Aerospace|
The companies in this category have won contracts related to the maintenance of naval aerial vehicles, providing parts, services and equipment.
|Bionet Sonar||NCI Information Systems||Saab|
|Lockheed Martin||Rohde & Schwarz||VT Group|
The companies in this category keep the various networks in the industry up to date and battle-ready, providing radio, on-board and other networks with the latest technology.
|A.P. Moller – Maersk||Damen Shipyards Group||HENSOLDT||Raytheon Technologies Corporation|
|ASYAD Group||Fairbanks Morse Defense||Huntington Ingalls Industries||Rolls-Royce|
|Babcock International Group||Fincantieri||Naval Group||Serco|
|BAE Systems||FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation||NORSTA Maritime||Thales|
|Curtiss-Wright Corporation||GE Power||Northrop Grumman||Vertex Marine|
The companies in this category have won contracts related to the maintenance of the full range of naval vessels, ensuring operational integrity.
Unmanned Systems: Drones
|Airbus Group||Evolve Dynamics||QinetiQ|
|Astronics Corporation||General Atomics||Schiebel|
|BAE Systems||Kratos Defense and Security Solutions||Shield AI|
|Belgium Naval & Robotics||Naval Group||Space Applications Services|
|Boeing||Northrop Grumman||Ultra Electronics Group|
|ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik|
Drones are key to any unmanned operation and its success. The companies in this category have been busy developing and perfecting old models as well as creating new prototypes to be even more efficient in aerial missions.
Unmanned Systems: Surface Vessels
|Israel Aerospace Industries||MSubs||Sonardyne International|
The companies in this category have been hard at work perfecting designs and testing newly produced models to make sure they can be an integral part of any mission.
Unmanned Systems: Underwater Vessels
|General Atomics||Huntington Ingalls Industries||Northrop Grumman|
|General Dynamics||Martin Defense Group||Teledyne Marine Group|
Underwater unmanned operations require sturdy and trustworthy vessels. The companies in this category have been delivering underwater vessels and been working hard on perfecting the next generation.
|Babcock International Group||Huntington Ingalls Industries||Hyundai Heavy Industries|
The companies in this category have won contracts related to the production of new aircraft carriers.
Vessels: Combat Vessels
|Austal||General Dynamics||Lockheed Martin||Prevail Partners|
|BAE Systems||Huntington Ingalls Industries||Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited||Raytheon Technologies Corporation|
|Damen Shipyards Group||Hyundai Heavy Industries||Naval Group||Rohde & Schwarz|
|Den Breejen||Israel Aerospace Industries||Navantia||Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems|
Combat vessels have a plethora of variants, all in their way important for operational integrity and success. The companies in this category are producing destroyers, corvettes and littoral combat ships among others, as well as securing contracts related to upgrades, maintenance and modifications.
|Austal||Kraken Technology Group|
|Babcock International Group||Leidos|
|Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering|
The companies in this category have been developing new integrated designs for vessels across the spectrum that combine system integration with vessel optimization.
|Babcock International Group||Fincantieri||L3Harris Technologies||OSI Maritime Systems|
|Damen Shipyards Group||Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries||Shield Marine Services|
|DNV – Maritime||Hyundai Heavy Industries||Naval Group||Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems|
The companies in this category are working hard to produce, upgrade, modify and bring new weapons systems to world-class frigates.
Vessels: Service Vessels
|Abu Dhabi Ship Building||Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers||Naval Group|
|Babcock International Group||Hindustan Shipyard Limited||Northrop Grumman|
|BAE Systems||Huntington Ingalls Industries||Ravestein|
|Damen Shipyards Group||Irving Shipbuilding||Secon|
|Fincantieri||JFD Global||ST Engineering|
|Fr. Fassmer||Larsen & Toubro||Steber International|
|Fr. Lurssen Werft||Marine Specialised Technology Group||Titagarh Group|
The naval industry requires a variety of non-combat vessels for diverse operations and services. The companies in this category have won contracts related to the development and production of search-and-rescue vessels, diving support, amphibious transports and others.
|BAE Systems||JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation||Portsmouth Naval Shipyard|
|Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering||Kawasaki Heavy Industries||PT PAL Indonesia (Persero)|
|Fincantieri||Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders||Rolls-Royce|
|General Atomics||Naval Group||Saab|
|General Dynamics||Navantia||Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems|
|Huntington Ingalls Industries|
The companies in this category have won contracts to develop and produce new manned underwater vessels.
Weapons: Ammunition and Rockets
|Austal||General Atomics||Mistral Group||Saab|
|Babcock International Group||Israel Aerospace Industries||National Aboriginal Construction Partners||Science Applications International Corporation|
|BAE Systems||Kongsberg||Northrop Grumman||Teledyne Marine Group|
|Cohort||Lockheed Martin||Proteus Advanced Systems||Thales|
|Curtiss-Wright Corporation||MBDA||Raytheon Technologies Corporation||Ultra Electronics Group|
The companies in this category supply naval vessels with everything from missiles through to rockets and general ammunition.
|BAE Systems||Bharat Electronics||Thales|
The companies in this category have won contracts related to weaponry for aerial vehicles and have delivered everything from anti-drone devices to missile launch systems.
|Bharat Heavy Electricals||Leonardo||Serco|
The companies in this category have a clear focus on manufacturing and delivering conventional installations and weapons such as artillery and cannons as well as maintenance programs.
|Bharat Electronics||Lockheed Martin||Rheinmetall|
|Chess Dynamics||MBDA||VT Group|
During the research period we have seen increased interest in laser technology. The companies in this category are building innovative weapons technology and perfecting its combat ability.