Composites for the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Aerospace & Defense

Aerospace & defense prime contractor experience ◾ AS9100D certified ◾ Agile, responsive composites business◾Affordable

Rock West was founded by engineer/entrepreneurs who spent years in Aerospace & Defense, back when carbon fiber composites were exotic and expensive. Decades later, the composites industry has changed and our team has evolved with it. Carbon fiber and other composites have extensive flight heritage now and prices have come down. Our team knows how to maximize the materials for use within this industry while keeping costs in line with ever-tightening budgets as only an efficient business can. We can help with a wide variety of structures and components to support airplanes/UAVs, missiles, spacecraft, satellite, military vehicles and shipboard applications. Our experienced team has the knowledge to get you through the process, from design to finished product, qualified, on time, on budget and within requirements. If you have questions, call our San Diego office at 858-537-6260 or request a quote.


Composite materials expertise for Aerospace & Defense

Our team has the materials knowledge to help you design, prototype, test and manufacture to a host of stringent requirements common in the A&D industry.

  • Very light weight
  • High strength
  • Exceptionally stiff
  • Thermally stable
  • Extremely precise
  • RF transparent
  • And more!

Program Services

Rock West Composites provides all the services your program will need for success from cradle to grave.


Centers of Excellence

Precision Structures

Our San Diego facility and team specializes in projects with strict engineering requirements. With an agile manufacturing team and engineers experienced with the demanding requirements of space and aerospace programs, this is the place for building structures that demand tight tolerances and high performance results. Whether it's high-speed broadband antennas, truss structures, reflectors, or near zero CTE structures, we can build it here.

Precision Structures
Multidisciplinary Projects

Multidisciplinary Projects

We let the experts do their thing. Our team works across facilities to make sure programs are executed in a timely and cost effective manner using the right people for the right part of the job. For example, we've had programs with low CTE and extremely tight structural requirements. Our San Diego engineers designed the structure and incorporated several products from our Utah store. Our manufacturing team back in San Diego constructed the final product using both off-the-shelf and custom solutions. This enabled lower cost and faster delivery for a customer who could not afford aerospace prime pricing. This was not an exception. It's how we model our business.


Case Studies




Aerospace Supplier Tiers

Rock West can support at whatever level is needed to meet your customers’ needs. Rock West is typically a Tier 2 supplier of composite components specializing in:

  • Components that include advanced materials
  • Multiple disciplinary requirements (e.g., lightweight, stiff, RF transparent, RF reflective, etc.)
  • Precision surfaces
  • Dimensional stability
  • And more

Rock West has several Tier 1 supplier contracts directly with the government, but we can also be a Tier 3 vendor working specific subcomponents within your supply chain.