Which companies manufacture components for nuclear weapons

Each of the nine nuclear-armed states is currently investing significant resources in new, tactically deployable and even more destabilizing nuclear weapons. In some of these countries the work is carried out by private companies. Listed here are companies that are instrumental in the production of core components for the nuclear arsenals of France, India, Great Britain and the United States. In the other nuclear powers - China, North Korea, Israel, Pakistan and Russia - the maintenance and modernization of the nuclear arsenals is mainly or exclusively carried out by government agencies.

The resulting list does not include all companies involved. It is an attempt to identify those private companies that are most heavily involved in the complex of the nuclear weapons industry. There are numerous other companies that are involved to a lesser extent or indirectly. For example, companies that are involved in the production of small parts for the assembly or maintenance of nuclear weapon systems. So it is important to note that the nuclear weapons industry is much larger in size than the companies listed here.

The companies described here are based in France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the USA.

The first edition of the study "Don't bank on the bomb" was published in 2012 and covered 20 nuclear weapons producers. That number expanded to 27 in 2013 and 28 in 2014. Due to contract cancellations, the 2015 report only included 26 companies, while the 2016 version included 27 companies. On this website we only list those companies that are co-financed by German financial institutions.

 

Aecom (USA)

Aecom is involved in the administration of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) test site, where subcritical tests are carried out to maintain and modernize the US nuclear arsenal. [more]

Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings (USA)

AerojetRocketdyne, formerly known as GenCorp, is involved in the design, development and production of land and waterborne nuclear ballistic missile systems for the United States. It currently produces the propulsion systems for Minuteman III and D5 Trident nuclear missiles. [more]

Airbus Group (Netherlands)

The European aerospace company is a European group headquartered in the Netherlands. The group was or is involved in the production of nuclear missiles for the French air force as part of a joint venture. Subsidiary Astrium is the main contractor for the manufacture of the M-51 anti-submarine ballistic missiles for the French Navy. Each M-51 missile is equipped with 6-10 thermonuclear multiple warheads. [more]

Bechtel (USA)

Bechtel manages the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories in the US, which play a significant role in the research, development and production of nuclear weapons. It also holds the leadership role in the joint project for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Complex in Texas. [more]

BAE Systems (UK)

BAE Systems is involved in the development of a new generation of nuclear submarines to replace the older Vanguards. The company was or is involved in the production of nuclear missiles for the French Air Force as part of a joint venture. [more]

Boeing (USA)

Boeing waits for the Minuteman III, a US Army nuclear ICBM. Boeing is responsible for the control, secure codes, flight controls, testing and technical processing of the weapon systems. Boeing also produces the long-range B-52 Stratofortress bomber, which can drop or shoot down nuclear cruise missiles. [more]

BWX Technologies Inc (USA)

BWX Technologies Inc (formerly known as Babcock & Wilcox) manages and operates several U.S. nuclear weapons facilities, including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) (formerly known as the Nevada Test Site), respectively Participate in various aspects of the modernization of nuclear warheads. [more]

Engility Holdings (USA)

Engility Holdings: In February 2015, it acquired the US defense company TASC. It is involved in the research and development for the "Solid Rocket Motor" modernization study of the Minuteman III system for the US arsenal. [more]

Fluorine (USA)

Fluor is the lead partner responsible for the administration and operation of the US Department of Energy, Savannah River Site and Savannah River National Laboratory, which is the sole source of new tritium for the US nuclear arsenal. [more]

General Dynamics (USA)

General Dynamics is entrusted with the maintenance, technical and engineering support for American nuclear submarines. The company builds the Ohio submarines for the Navy. A large number of these submarines are equipped with missiles with a Trident nuclear warhead. [more]

Honeywell International (USA)

Honeywell produces approximately 85% of the non-nuclear components in America's nuclear weapons. The company also produces tritium in the Savannah River Site, a US Department of Energy's restricted military area engaged in the reprocessing of nuclear fuel and the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Honeywell also participates in the simulation of atomic bomb tests and in life-extending measures for Trident II nuclear missiles for the US Navy. [more]

Huntington Ingalls Industries (USA)

Huntington designs, builds and services nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the US Navy and the Coast Guard. In addition, Huntington is involved in the following things at the Savannah River Site: tritium production, environmental services, management and operation of the area, management of the nuclear arsenal, environmental management, removal of excess nuclear material. [more]

Larsen & Toubro (India)

L&T is involved in the design and construction of the future nuclear submarine for the Indian Navy, the Advanced Technology Vessel. The group is also developing the delivery system for the Akash anti-aircraft missile system, which can be equipped with nuclear warheads. [more]

Leonardo-Finmeccanica (Italy)

Leonardo-Finmeccanica (formerly Finmeccanica) is involved in the development and delivery of two transporter erector replacement vehicles to support the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Fleet (ICBM) - Minuteman III. It is also involved in a collaborative project providing air-to-ground medium-range missiles for the French arsenal. In April 2016 the company changed its name from Finmeccanica to Leonardo and operates under the name Leonardo-Finmeccanica during the transition period (until the end of 2016). [more]

Lockheed Martin (USA)

Lockheed is responsible for the production and maintenance of nuclear weapons for the United States and Great Britain. The company manufactures the Tident II (D5) nuclear missiles used by submarines. [more]

Moog (USA)

Moog develops launch systems and missile control systems for the strategic missiles Minuteman III (USA) and Trident II (D5) (USA & GB). [more]

Northrop Grumman (USA)

Northrop Grumman Corporation manufactures and services the Minuteman III, a US nuclear ICBM. The group is also a managing partner of the NSTec group of companies, which manages the former Nevada test site. [more]

Orbital ATK (USA)

Orbital ATK (formerly known as ATK or Alliant Techsystems) manufactures rocket propulsion systems for submarine-launched Trident II ballistic missiles. Orbital ATK is also responsible for the rehabilitation of all three fixed propellant stages of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) for the United States. It is also involved in the joint venture to manage and operate the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee and the Pantex Nuclear Weapons Complex in Texas. [more]

Saffron (France)

As part of a joint venture, Safran produces the M-51 submarine ballistic missiles for the French Navy. Each M-51 missile is equipped with 6-10 thermonuclear multiple warheads. The main contractor for the manufacture of the M-51 is an EADS subsidiary, Astrium. In addition to saffron, Thales, SNPE and DCN are among the main subcontractors. The Safran, Snecma and Sagem subsidiaries manufacture navigation and propulsion systems for this rocket. [more]

Serco Group (Great Britain)

Serco, together with Lockheed Martin and the Jacobs Engineering Group, runs the operational management of the public company Atomic Weapons Establishment. The AWE is responsible for the development, construction, maintenance and decommissioning of British nuclear weapons. [more]

Textron (USA)

Textron designs and builds re-entry vehicles for the US ballistic intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - Minuteman III - of the USA. [more]

Thales (France)

As part of a joint venture, Thales produces the M-51 submarine ballistic missiles for the French Navy. Each M-51 missile is equipped with 6-10 thermonuclear multiple warheads. The main contractor for the manufacture of the M-51 is an EADS subsidiary, Astrium. In addition to Thales, Safran, SNPE and DCN are among the main subcontractors. [more]