Cramer's top defense industry stocks

Cramer's Stop Trading: Defense plays

CNBC's Jim Cramer on Wednesday turned his attention to the industrial goods sector, revealing his favorite stocks in the aerospace and defense industry right now.

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Alliant Techsystems: "You want to buy Alliant Tech. They do bullets. Stock's been down ever since the wind down of wars," Cramer said on "Squawk on the Street."

Raytheon: "Raytheon does the best missile work," Cramer said of the U.S. weapons maker.

Lockheed Martin: The company behind many of the U.S. Air Force's bombers is also the Pentagon's biggest supplier.

"Lockheed Martin has got a very good dividend. Lockheed Martin is always going to be in the mix," Cramer said.

Northrop Grumman: In addition to making bombers, this company has a "terrific" cybersecurity business, Cramer said. But its unmanned drone business is Northrop's bread and butter, he said.

"They are the unmanned [drone] company to buy. A lot of this is going to have to be unmanned [because] the president doesn't want to put boots on the ground," he said.

Finally, Cramer left investors with a word of caution about the defense sector: "Stay away fromAeroVironment. They did miss the quarter."

—By CNBC's Drew Sandholm

DISCLOSURE: When this story was published, Cramer's charitable trust did not own AeroVironment, Alliant Techsystems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, or Raytheon.