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Defense Technologies

Montgomery County, Virginia is home to a growing cluster of firms developing various technologies to combat terrorism and wage 21st-century warfare.  These companies are leveraging our lower costs of doing business, strong entrepreneurial networks, talented workforce, and access to highly specialized equipment and researchers at Virginia Tech to gain a competitive advantage in today's global, knowledge-based economy.  


Featured R&D Companies

Aegisound (Blacksburg) A Technology-based manufacturer of products targeting hearing health and communications for both military and industrial noise environments.

Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (Radford) - The largest provider of ammunition to US armed forces, and allied nations around the world. The company is a leading provider of advanced, affordable precision munitions and strike weapons that put firepower where it is needed while limiting the risk of collateral damage to non-combatants.

Cobham Sensor Systems (Blacksburg) | A division of British defense contractor Cobham plc, develops and manufactures critical technology for the aerospace and defence industry.

Maxtena, Inc (Blacksburg) - Performs research and development on antennas for defense related applications.

Moog Components Group (Blacksburg) |  Manufacturer of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high performance actuation products control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, and automated industrial machinery.

Luna Innovations, Inc  (Blacksburg) - Luna Innovations develops and manufactures new-generation products for the healthcare, telecommunications, energy and defense markets.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (Blacksburg) - Involved in a broad range of defense and industrial R&D, product development and the design, construction and support of complex products.

SAIC (Blacksburg) - SAIC is a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health.

Schultz-Creehan (Blacksburg) - Addresses complex product development challenges through expertise in materials science and industrial engineering.

TORC Technologies, LLC (Blacksburg) - A robotics engineering and product development company focused on unmanned and autonomous vehicle systems.

UXB (Blacksburg) — Provides ordnance and explosive waste services, both nationally and internationally.

Virginia Tech Resources

Virginia Tech has a long reputation of collaborating with major defense contractors and government agencies.

Lockheed Martin - Partnerships between universities and Lockheed Martin have for many years brought unique and rewarding combinations of invention, innovation, engineering, and systems integration to bear on problems of national importance.

U.S. Department of the Navy - In 2009, Virginia Tech and the Naval Surface Warfare Center signed a $7.5 million research and development aggreement.

DARPA Urban Challenge - Team comprised of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and a Virginia Tech autonomous systems spin off company, Torc Technologies was a semi-finalist at the 2007 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Urban Challenge.

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