Defence and Aerospace Cranes

The requirement for precision is fundamental when handing munitions or delicate aeroplane components within the defence and aerospace sector. With accuracy, efficiency and reliability paramount in all SCX Special Projects’ work, rigorous standards and high levels of innovation combine to produce specialist handling systems for the defence industry, that comply with stringent military standards.

The manufacture of military vehicles, aircraft, submarines and munitions often calls for bespoke handling equipment due to the irregular and delicate nature of the loads. SCX Special Projects can create bespoke solutions to precisely handle the most unusual or delicate articles, even in extreme environmental conditions, all tailored to your exact requirements.

Building F-35 Jets: SCX Special Projects supplied the automated crane system within the integrated assembly line shown in this video.

Crane systems for aircraft carriers and other marine vessels require specific safety features such as anti-tip brackets and mechanical storm anchors, as well as rack and pinion drive systems to overcome displacement from sea motion or LPD tilt. SCX Special Projects will also incorporate back-up recovery systems, precise positioning, advanced fail-safe hoist braking systems, marine environment protection, automation of complex manoeuvres or even entire systems, or any number of additional features, tailored specifically to the requirements of your application.

Rack & pinion of HMS Queen Elisabeth defence crane

Rack & pinion of HMS Queen Elizabeth defence crane

Rendering of an overhead crane used on HMS Queen Elisabeth for defence and aerospace applications

Rendering of an overhead crane used on HMS Queen Elizabeth for defence and aerospace applications


From aircraft carrier cranes, to bespoke handling equipment that undertakes a complex part of the manufacturing process, the attention to detail that goes into every one of our projects means that you can trust SCX Special Projects to create not only a reliable, robust solution, but one that is tailored to your every need.

Wing rotation rig - part of an an overhead crane for aerospace applications

Wing rotation rig - part of an an overhead crane for aerospace applications


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