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 AS 9100D certified processes ensure the delivery of consistent high quality parts, regardless of size or project complexity.



Fairlead specializes in both “one-off” jobs and higher volume production runs with fabrication capabilities ranging from sheet metal to large complex weldments. With everything from prototyping to high volume production, Fairlead is a proven solution provider when it comes to specialty fabrication projects.


Integration and Outfitting

Fairlead has supported many major industrial and US Government customers in rapid prototyping and full-scale production of container and shelter solutions, such as Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules, Airfield Damage Repair (ADR) kits, and various types of re-purposed ISO container solutions (e.g. workshops, living quarters, hybrid energy, etc.). We have also designed and fabricated various electro-mechanical systems such as Launch and Retrieval Systems (LARS) for manned and unmanned vehicles, including AN/AQS-24 Minehunting System.


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:

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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 and 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: Todd Babcock
Phone: 757.392.2831


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