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Waypoint Private Capital's Aerospace & Defense Industry group combines deep industry knowledge and relationships with the best M&A advisory services in the middle market. We are committed to serving the needs of middle-market companies within the Aerospace & Defense supply chain and associated service providers.

We specialize in the following sectors:


  • Aerostructures and Components (Metallics and Composites)

  • Aircraft Systems, Components, and Equipment

  • Precision Machining, Casting/Forging, and Complex Assembly

  • Aeroengine Components

  • Avionics and Instruments

  • Cargo Transport Equipment

  • Safety Systems and Components

  • Flight Controls

  • Landing Gear

  • Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul (MRO)

  • Ground Support Equipment

  • Fixed Base Operators (FBO)

  • Parts Distributors


  • Platforms, Weapons, and Subsystems

  • Satellites and Launch Rockets

  • Precision Machining, Casting/Forging, and Complex Assembly (Metallics and Composites)

  • Defense Electronics and Embedded Systems

  • C4ISR

  • Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul (MRO)

  • Parts Distributors


  • Defense and Intelligence centric contractors

Current State of the Industry

The aerospace industry in 2024 is likely to be characterized by continued technological advancements, increased global collaboration, and a growing emphasis on sustainability. 

Here's a brief overview of the current state of the industry:

  1. Technological Advancements: Aerospace technology is expected to advance rapidly, with ongoing developments in materials, propulsion systems, and avionics. Companies and governments worldwide are likely to invest heavily in research and development to enhance efficiency, safety, and performance.

  2. Sustainable Aviation: With an increased focus on environmental sustainability, the aerospace industry is likely to see efforts to reduce carbon emissions. This could involve the development of more fuel-efficient engines, the use of alternative fuels, and the exploration of electric or hybrid-electric propulsion systems.

  3. Space Exploration: Continued interest and investment in space exploration are anticipated, with both government space agencies and private companies contributing to the development of new technologies and exploration missions. Commercial space travel and satellite deployment are likely to expand further.

  4. Global Collaboration: The aerospace industry is highly interconnected and relies on global collaboration. Joint ventures, partnerships, and international cooperation in research and development efforts are expected to continue, fostering innovation and efficiency.

  5. Autonomous Technologies: Advancements in autonomous and semi-autonomous technologies may impact both air and space travel. This could include developments in autonomous drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and autonomous spacecraft.

  6. Commercial Aviation Trends: The commercial aviation sector may see continued growth in air travel demand, especially in emerging markets. Aircraft manufacturers may focus on designing more fuel-efficient and cost-effective aircraft to meet this demand.

  7. Challenges: The industry may face challenges such as geopolitical tensions, regulatory changes, and economic uncertainties that can impact global aerospace activities. Supply chain resilience and adaptability will be crucial for companies in navigating uncertainties.

Current Trends and Challenges

As of late 2023, the aerospace industry is witnessing several notable trends in mergers and acquisitions (M&A):

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