Mission-Critical Metal Components for the Defense Industry

MetalTek helps the defense industry push the limits of performance through high-quality components that ensure the safety of the military and those they protect.

MetalTek’s  9,000-pound centrifugal hub castings transfer 50,000 horsepower per propeller shaft and drive 100% of Naval frigates and destroyers.  Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) material from MetalTek extended the life of friction drum linings in winches transferring supplies from replenishment vessels to other Navy Ships by virtually eliminating corrosion and drum wear.

Centrifugally-cast shaft sleeves from MetalTek save millions of dollars in maintenance per year on Navy ships and submarines through enhanced performance and even wear.  High-strength MetalTek components help the Air Force's Tunner Loader move 60,000-pound pallets onto military cargo planes while making the Tunner light enough to transport on a C-130 aircraft.

You can't be in the defense industry halfway.  MetalTek’s components are provided from multiple Nadcap-certified facilities that feature a range of metal casting processes and a broad selection of alloys.  We have systems to ensure compliance with International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  MetalTek has the technical expertise and depth of experience to help our defense customers and the military do their jobs and keep us safe.

See the video below to learn more MetalTek's solutions for defense customers.

Defense Market Video


Typical Defense Applications

  • Aircraft loading system

  • Autonomous / unmanned vehicles

  • Bomb racks

  • Fluid handling

  • Missile systems

  • Mobile missile launchers

  • Naval Nuclear

  • Ship-to-ship material transfer

  • Steering systems

  • Submarine propulsion

  • Surface ship propulsion

  • Tracked vehicles

  • Turbine heat exchangers

  • Weapons handling

  • Weapons systems

  • Wheeled vehicles

Typical Defense Products

  • Bearing shells

  • Clutch winch drum assemblies

  • Controllable pitch propeller hubs

  • Hatch rings

  • Launcher components

  • Missile components

  • Pump and valve components

  • Seal housings

  • Shaft sleeves / shaft liners

Certifications and Compliance

  • AS9100

  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

  • ISO 9001:2015 (QMS)

  • International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR)

  • MIL-I-45208A

  • Nadcap (non-destructive testing)

  • Nadcap (laboratory testing)

  • Nadcap (heat treating)

  • Nadcap (in-process welding)

  • NAVSEA Technical Publication S9074-AQ-GIB-010/248

  • NAVSEA Technical Publication S9074-AS-GIB-010/271

  • NAVSEA Technical Publication S9074-AR-GIB-010/278

  • Nadcap (in-process welding)

  • Nadcap (in-process welding)

  • SUBSAFE Level 1

Note: Certifications may differ based on MetalTek division.

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Hub Body For Propulsion System

Hub Body For Propulsion System

Complex centrifugal casted hub body replaces fabrication.

Shaft Sleeves

Shaft Sleeves

Propulsion shafting for ocean-going Military and Commercial vessels is a critical and expensive part of the propulsion system.

Exhaust Manifold

Exhaust Manifold

Tight tolerance capability and the introduction of internal structures through cores make investment casting a logical choice.

Propeller Hub

Propeller Hub

Some of the largest centrifugal castings manufactured by MetalTek.