Engineer using additive manufacturing technology

Prototype, Manufacturing and Test

The NAWCAD Lakehurst Prototype, Manufacturing and Test Department provides extensive capabilities focused on supporting Support Equipment (SE) and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) products that allow the successful and safe operation of naval aircraft from aircraft carriers, air capable ships and expeditionary airfields worldwide. 


Prototype and Manufacturing Division 

The Prototype and Manufacturing Division (PMD) facility has more than 305,000 square feet of industrial campus, with more than 300 computer controlled and conventional manufacturing machines. PMD has more than 40 years of proven manufacturing experience supporting aircraft platform interface missions and is dedicated to our mission of speed to the fleet through manufacturing excellence. 

  • Performs rapid product realization by providing and utilizing the capabilities of advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering, producibility and analysis.
  • Supports various SE and ALRE programs and platforms throughout the entire acquisition lifecycle.  
  • Operates under an ISO 9001 Certified Quality Management System, providing expert manufacturing and industrial engineering services that aid in materiel solution system development, acquisition, evaluation, verification/certification, depot support, and installation support.  


SE and ALRE Test and Evaluation Division

The SE and ALRE Test and Evaluation Division provides unique, full-service, test expertise, from test planning, setup and configuration to test execution and data analysis. Our mission is to efficiently achieve the challenging test objectives for all varieties SE and ALRE.  We work with a wide range of customers to provide full-service installation, test execution and support. Our facilities are one-of-a-kind in regards to the ALRE test infrastructure, utilizing deadloads and live aircraft on new systems supporting the Ford-class carriers, such as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG).