Fairlead provides government and industry with complex manufacturing and system integration programs.
With over 25 years of experience, Fairlead is an industry leader when it comes to superior machining, fabrication, and advanced mobility solutions.
Fairlead specializes in the design and fabrication of complex structures, fixturing and tooling, custom ISO containers and shelters, and custom metalwork. Our ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified processes ensure the delivery of consistent high quality parts, regardless of size or project complexity.

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Engineering & Design

First article product design, 3D imaging, programming and analysis, and qualification testing.

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Integration and Outfitting

Electro-mechanical systems for manned and unmanned vehicles. Rapid prototyping and full-scale production of container and shelter solutions.

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Power & Controls

Military hardened, commercial based solutions for power distribution, power conversion, power conditioning and energy storage.

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Capability and resources for mass production of first article shipset and build-to-print hardware.

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Simple to complex; one-off to high volume production.

Electrical Systems+


Fairlead has many years of experience in developing custom shipboard electronic systems in various applications such as machinery controls, propulsion, video, voice, and networking. We provide turnkey engineered products and systems covering the entire life cycle from requirements development all the way through installation and support. Our core competence is an in-depth knowledge of the Military Standards coupled with years of designing custom packaged solutions using commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware for use in combatant shipboard applications. Fairlead prides itself on the investment it has made in both engineering tools and its people.


Fairlead’s primary objective is to integrate products and technical services in the marine and industrial electrical field by applying sound engineering and design principles, innovative concepts, and advanced technology. Our services and products are designed and fabricated to follow the required guidelines of each vessel or industry. We provide service for the government and commercial marine industries with a wide range of expertise.

Intelligent Power+

Fairlead’s skilled engineers and technicians have a history of developing innovative power equipment for military operations and deploying energy technology to reduce the massive fuel demands on the battlefield. Our products integrate advanced energy storage and power conversion technologies to hybridize military and commercial generators, optimizing system performance, reliability, and efficiency.

Power and Energy

Containers and Shelters+

Fairlead specializes in custom ISO container solutions that integrate sensitive equipment, tools and supplies into a standard or custom ruggedized container or shelter suitable for shipping and field use in an operational forward theatre.
Current and past efforts include:

Complex Fabrication+

Complex Structures and Fixtures

Fairlead has the ability to process a variety of large materials, with sizes ranging up to 8” thick and up to 40′ long. Fairlead’s capabilities include prototyping to high volume production, utilizing our large vertical and horizontal milling machines, water jet and laser technology equipment.

Projects include:

  • ELCAS Fixture
  • Cobra Judy and Array Face Anti-ice/De-icing System
  • Reactor Access Platforms
  • VA Class Sail Staging
  • Blasting and Coating Application

Blasting & Coating Applications+

Fairlead’s professional coating operation includes a five-stage automatic spray washer and Powder Coating System. The division’s automated operation is an EPA-approved paint booth and drying oven served by a conveyor system for the efficient painting of fabricated parts.



650 Chautauqua Avenue,
Portsmouth, VA 23707

Contact: General Inquires
Phone: 757.384.1957

Contact: Business Development
Phone: 757.384.1957


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