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Aerospace and Defence

Map the future of your A&D business by transitioning into a data-centric manufacturing organisation.

The future of the aerospace and defence industry is agile and sustainable

In the aerospace and defence sector, resilience is key. Companies need to adapt to new business models, contain costs, and ensure reliable cybersecurity.

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Digital continuity and interoperability

By using seamless interoperability for model-based enterprise insight, A&D organisations can drive operational efficiency and gain a competitive advantage.

Sustainable manufacturing for aerospace

Manufacturers are moving toward clean air mobility to deliver energy efficiency across digital ecosystems to reach aerospace sustainability goals.

Innovation in aerospace and defence

Traditional A&D business models are being disrupted. Leaders are using tech, such as digital twins and digital threads, to shift the focus from products to outcomes.

Supply chain resilience

Through aerospace and defence supply chain transformation, companies can gain resilience and sustainability – and add value across networks.

Future workforce and skills shortage

The race for talent continues to be a major concern across A&D, exemplified by strong competition for critical skills that are in short supply.

Cybersecurity for aerospace and defence

Protecting enterprise systems, technical infrastructure, supply chains, and intellectual property is a growing challenge for aerospace and defence.

Featured aerospace and defence solutions

SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing

Manage complex manufacturing bill of process authoring and work execution capabilities within a single ERP digital core, enabling a model-based enterprise across engineering, manufacturing logistics, and the supply chain.

SAP Enterprise Product Development

Enable enterprise collaboration with relevant data, insights, and stakeholders to speed product development across the partner ecosystem and support industry 4.0 innovations for connected, compliant, and sustainable products.

SAP S/4HANA for product compliance

Automate compliance throughout the product lifecycle with software to manage regulatory and sustainability requirements, including registrations, classifications, labelling, and more.


The future of aerospace and defence

See highlights from the 2022 SAP Aerospace and Defence Innovation Days.


In aerospace and defence, faster product innovation cycles and streamlined customer engagements are key to longevity. With integrated, digital ecosystems and automated processes, you can drive ongoing value through business model innovation, effective program management, well-designed services and products, and great customer and employee experiences.

  • Sustainable processes across new product and service offerings
  • Holistic management of programmes and portfolios across the lifecycle
  • New business models and channels to design, build, and sell products and services
  • Optimised supply planning and cost transparency for engineer-to-order project manufacturing

10% to 20% increase in revenue from new products.

Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking

By bringing multiple customer touch points onto a single platform based on SAP Customer Experience solutions, we can better understand overall requirements while making it easier for customers to do business with us.

Sobha Mulukutla, IT Director and Business Partner, Bell Textron Inc.


The aerospace and defence industry builds sophisticated and innovative products that are highly engineered and regulated and under constant quality, cost, and schedule pressure. By using an end-to-end digital thread, you can enable smooth collaboration and change management between design engineering, finance, manufacturing, supply chain, and service.

  • Smooth collaboration and change management with third-party PLM tools
  • Model-based definition extending the digital twin with manufacturing information across design, engineering, and operations
  • Embedded Industry 4.0 technologies and intelligence
  • Smart manufacturing integration, monitoring, and control
  • Environment, health, safety, and risk management

Up to 10% reduction of change management costs.

Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking


Digital innovation with SAP S/4HANA Manufacturing for production engineering and operations helps us more strictly control our continuous improvement processes, including configuration and change management.

Hiroyoshi Shimokawa, Senior Managing Executive Officer and President of the Aerospace Systems Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.


For A&D companies, it’s critical to manage risk and complexity of dynamic global supply chains and optimise outcomes on a network level through network interoperability. Our solutions provide holistic optimisation across multiple constraints – synchronised with key partners and across planning horizons – and help you streamline global logistic executions.

  • Green and sustainable supply chain management
  • Cross-department S&OP and enterprise-level planning
  • Constrained global supply network and production plans, synchronised with key partners
  • Collaboration with suppliers and outsourced manufacturers
  • Monitoring of logistics events, disruptions, and supplier risk
  • Improved warehouse management with optimised planning and automated processes

10% to 12% reduction of days in inventory.

Source: SAP Performance Benchmarking


SAP Business Network Supply Chain Collaboration has streamlined and improved the way we work with our suppliers, enhancing transparency, traceability, and accuracy in operations.

Carlos Perez Barriocanal, Head of Management Information Systems, ITP Aero


Aftermarket organisations are investing to become best-run, profitable, and innovative customer service and support organisations. Our integrated software can help you streamline maintenance operations, create a unified experience and engagement, support omnichannel platforms for services and parts, and manage performance-based lifecycle support scenarios.

  • Integrated maintenance, repair, and overhaul management to drive efficiency and asset utilisation
  • Omnichannel customer service experience
  • Effective orchestration of service parts
  • Digital asset lifecycle collaboration
  • Commercialization of data-driven services

70% of A&D companies see real-time aircraft health-status monitoring and predictive intervention analysis being essential in the future.

Source: Intelligent Enterprise Storyboard


Using the SAP Predictive Asset Insights solution, we’ve added intelligent capabilities to our asset maintenance processes at Erfurt, servicing equipment on exact conditions as measured by the IoT sensors.

Ralf Bertsch, Director Systems and Infrastructure Services, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

Get started with SAP’s cloud solutions for aerospace and defence

SAP can help you start or enhance your aerospace and defence digital transformation – no matter where you are in your journey. If you have yet to move to cloud ERP, you can get started with RISE with SAP. If you already have cloud ERP – from SAP or any other vendor – you can enhance your aerospace and defence capabilities with our industry cloud solutions.


RISE with SAP provides customers with complete business transformation as a service (BTaaS) in a single package. At its core is the SAP S/4HANA Cloud suite, business process intelligence, technology credits, and more. RISE with SAP also includes solutions for:

  • Business capture and program delivery
  • Designing and building complex products
  • Responsive supply network
  • Aftermarket services
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Finance and HR

Industry cloud solutions for aerospace and defence

Built by SAP and our partners on an open platform, SAP’s industry cloud solutions address specific industry needs for the aerospace and defence sector. Designed to work with your existing SAP and third-party systems, these specialised cloud applications can help you drive cost-effective transformation and sustainable growth.

  • Cloud-based aerospace and defence solutions 
  • Innovative technology from SAP and our partners
  • Straightforward integration with existing systems
  • Extension of your current investments

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