Aerospace, Aviation & Defense

Home to six military installations, many leading aerospace, aviation and defense companies have operations in Northwest Florida. The companies manufacture a variety of parts and products for military and commercial applications for domestic and international use.

Featured Companies

L3 Crestview Aerospace (L3 CA)

L3 CA, a division of L3 Aerospace Systems, offers its customers great value, high quality, and superb schedule performance. L3 CA is a vertically integrated, one-stop shop for parts fabrication through end-item aerostructures, aircraft maintenance and modifications.

CHR International/Safari Helicopter

CHR International, manufacturer of Safari Helicopter, builds each part to exacting specifications. Assembly is carefully documented and the company provides extensive support to aircraft owners. The mission of the Safari has always been dependable and safe operation, and that purpose is being carried out more fully today than ever before. Your helicopter, built your way.


Started in 1992, Avalex has grown and expanded from a single product line to seven distinct products offering numerous options to special mission operators. With 25 years of experience in every aspect of the development of displays, smart displays and tablets, mapping systems, digital video recorders, cockpit management units, and mission computers including hardware and software integration, Avalex incorporates the latest technologies to customize products to meet specific customer requirements.

Certified Manufacturing (CMI)

Certified Manufacturing Inc., a woman owned company, is an agile manufacturer able to meet rapid response needs. CMI’s capabilities include electron-mechanical assembly, complex harness fabrication, specialized potting processes, cable assembly, inspection and automated testing. CMI can also provide laser wire marking on a variety of wire/cable sizes and types as well as cable harness overbraiding. CMI also provides circuit card assembly.

Micro Systems

Micro Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is an AS9100 Rev. C and ISO 9001:2008 certified company. It is a world leader in high performance Air, Land, and Sea Surface vehicle control. It offers a broad range of products including Unmanned Vehicle Control Systems, Autopilots and Mission Computers, Radar Tracking and Command Data Link Transponders, Scoring Systems, Custom Test Equipment, and Flight Termination Systems.

On Point

On-Point Defense Technologies, LLC, is a veteran-owned, small business that supports the Department of Defense and Defense Companies by designing, developing, integrating, and testing commercial and defense products. On-Point Defense Technologies, LLC (OPDT) is a full-spectrum design, manufacturing, prototyping, and systems integration firm. It mitigates customer portfolio risks via upgrading, repurposing, and sustaining legacy weapon system technology — reducing cost and schedule while enhancing warfighter capabilities!

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