Horstman Defence Systems
Direct employees
Turnover (reported)
Regional Markets
Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, North America
Nuclear Contracting Tiers
Tier 3: Original Equipment Manufacturing Organisations


  • AS 9100
  • BS 11001 Now ISO 44001
  • ISO 14001:2015
  • ISO 9001:2015
  • PED 97/23/EC / ESPN (PED)

Horstman Defence Systems

Precision Machining

Safety Critical Precision Engineering & Machining


Horstman is an agile business comprising businesses units in the UK, US, and Canada.  Providing world leading design and manufacturing capabilities, our customers benefit from our time-tested pedigree in innovation, product development manufacture, and defence project management in heavy armoured and tracked vehicle suspension systems.

Horstman led the world in the 1920’s with the development of the independent suspension bogie that bears its name, and the company’s influence features on tanks and wheeled vehicles to this day.

With over a 150 highly skilled employees in the UK, US and Canada, we are a high value added,  innovative engineering business with a global footprint in both customer base and supply chain. We provide a quality, technically excellent offering to solve customers’ problems, throughout the product lifecycle.

The defence heavy armour business has arduous development and testing cycles to ensure that the serving soldier has the best combination of armour, firepower, and mobility that they deserve. Horstman provides this balance to our customers - having built our talent base over decades from a combination of industry experts, service veterans and continuous investment in apprenticeships, graduates, and training.

Products and Services

Product Sector
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (M&E) Aerospace - Civil and Defence
Hoses Pneumatic and Hydraulics Nuclear Defence - Naval Marine
Precision & General Machining Rail & Transport

Safety Critical Precision Engineering

Site Facilities

Shop Floor


Specialist Machinery

Capability Swing Length Width Weight
5 Axis Milling 2 x Mazak 5 axis Integrex i 400 Min: - - - N/A
Max: - - - -
5 Axis Milling Mazak HCN6800 Horizontal Milling Machining Centre x3, Palletech System Min: - - - N/A
Max: - - - -
Horizontal Milling (CNC) Min: - - - N/A
Max: - - - -
Horizontal Mill / Turn Min: - - - N/A
Max: - - - -

Inspection / Testing

  • Advanced testing facilities
  • Clean room facilities
  • CMM machines
  • Pressure / Hydro Testing
  • Proof Load Testing


  • CAD Design - 2D
  • CAD Design - 3D
  • CAM Design - 2D
  • CAM Design - 3D

Recent Work

Safety Critical Precision Engineering

A recurring contract since 2009 for safety critical precision engineering for Military customers.

High pressure Sealing Technology with regular pressures up to 2000 bar / 29000 psi.