UAS Michigan

Industry Leaders

NMUASC has the privilege to strive in a business environment favorable to UAS and in a state, Michigan, which supports UAS. The historical engineering background in Michigan, the state openness to new concepts and technology and its unique natural assets; make it the destination of choice for unmanned systems. The presence of several industry leaders across the State such as GE Aviation, Ford, GM, L3, Merrill Aviation which developed the technology and end-users like energy companies, law enforcement groups and the agriculture sectors working on the development of UAS applications are among the key players in our supply chain.

We have listed here below some of the largest Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) located in Michigan and a description of their UAS work and achievements:

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, MI

The multinational automaker is working on two propulsion systems (Ford 2.3L engines), reduction gearbox, and 4-blade propeller for use in UAVs. Ford's engine was converted to work with hydrogen for the Boeing "Phanthom Eye" UAS.

GE Aviation

Grand Rapids, Mi

GE Aviation designs, tests, manufactures, and supplies jet engines, components, and integrated systems, as well as avionics, electric power, and mechanical systems for the builders and operators of military, commercial, and civil aircraft. In Michigan, GE Aviation works on flight management systems (FMS), UAV fuselages, wings structures and UAV landing gears.

L-3 Combat Propulsio n Systems

Muskegon, MI

L-3 Communications - Combat Propulsion Systems engages in the design, development, manufacture, assembly, and test of military engines, transmissions, suspensions, upgrade kits, and turret drive systems. In Michigan, they are developing propulsion systems technology for UAVs.


Troy, MI

The Company provides electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing, effects, and command, control, communications and intelligence systems (C3I), as well as a range of mission support services. In Michigan, their work concentrates on the development of Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suites for the UAV payloads.




Michigan Aerospace Corporation

Adaptive Materials

Mahle Powertrain

Baker Engineering

Merrill Aviation

Bergen RC Helicopters

PPI Aerospace

Braintech Inc.

Quantum Signal

Detroit Aircraft Corp.


Ford Motor Company

Reactor Zero

GE Aviation

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Ilmor Engineering

Technical Directions, Inc.

GE Fanuc Intelligence Platforms

Williams International



Michigan is also the host of many small and medium UAS organisations active in R&D, design, engineering, manufacturing, maintenance and other services. These Tier1 and Tier2 suppliers are an essential part of our integrated supply chain.