Defence - advanced composite applications

Smart materials solutions for demanding defence applications

PE Composites' advanced composite design and manufacture meets the most stringent of defence performance criteria, whether the ultimate application is for aerospace, naval or land forces, where the demands placed on components are extreme.

Integrating a manufacturer of advanced composite structures at an early stage of defence projects can ensure the realisation of maximum benefits and innovation in composite material design, engineering and manufacture. That way, requirements such as stealth characteristics and corrosion elimination can be readily achieved.

Patrick Engineering Limited operated within the UK and international defence sector for over 50 years, ever since the acquisition of the design and GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastics) manufacturing capability from J Samuel White & Co in the 1950's. The company continues today under the name of PE Composites Limited and continues to earn a reputation of excellence.

Today many of our defence customers are global leaders in defence contracting.  We supply the UK armed forces with components for the Astute Class nuclear submarine and thermal insulators for the balancer on the M777 155mm lightweight field howitzer amongst other equipment.

With our broad range of skills (now including electronics and hydraulics) and comprehensive onsite test facilities, which include hydrostatic pressure test vessels, we can ensure that the smart materials solutions we provide for defence applications meet the most demanding of specifications.

See our project list for details of our defence-related products.  Contact us to find out how we can meet your composite design research and development challenges.

Our defence customers include:

  • Babcock
  • BAE Systems Integrated Systems Technologies (INSTYTE)
  • BAE Systems Submarine Solutions
  • Defence Science and Technologies Laboratory (DSTL)
  • Global Combat Systems Weapons
  • Integrated System Technologies
  • MSI Defence Systems Ltd
  • QinetiQ
  • Thales

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