Aerospace and Defence
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.
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.
See how customers are succeeding with SAP
Explore how Kawasaki Heavy Industries streamlines its aerospace business by integrating engineering and manufacturing functions.
Learn how Bell Flight replaced multiple customer touch points with a single, modern digital experience and eliminated data silos.
Discover how ITP Aero reduces complexity and increases efficiency through process standardisation and automation.
Hear how Navantia is transforming operations to achieve net-zero emissions and build a sustainability accounting system.
Explore how we can help your aerospace and defence business run better
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
Explore your aerospace and defence resource centre
Inspire and shape an intelligent, digital world that reinvents A&D products, services, and core processes.
Explore how our innovations can help transform the aerospace and defence sector.
Explore how secure, compliant cloud technologies delivered by SAP NS2 can help you transform how you operate within your industry.