Despite the ongoing peace process in Northern Ireland, taking parts of the British Army's latest rocket launcher in and out of the province may still seem a bit dodgy.
But that is what Birmingham manufacturer Hydrapower has been doing as part of an order to fit out a new factory in Ulster.
The £160,000 deal with Thales Air Defence to set up the special coating workshop is part of the £2.5 million of orders won by the Ladywoodbased firm in the last eight months.
Hydrapower, which employs 60 people, makes and designs fluid power flexible and rigid pipes for a wide range of applications.
Its products have been used as fuel lines in JCBs and TVR sports cars, as well as the Royal Navy's Spearfish torpedo which is used by nuclear submarines.
Last year it started two new business units, including a surface coatings division which uses the latest software to design, build, install and commission plant for application of surface coatings, often using robotic arms to minimise handling of the product.
In Belfast the company has been involved in setting up a factory for Thales which will apply the very light special coating, special non-reflective coating for the Next generation Light Anti- tank Weapon (NLAW).
Managing director Patrick Brownesaid: "We were shown the rocket launcher and asked, 'We want this coated - can you design plant for us?'
"We designed a completely new facility for them. We had an empty space which has had robotic equipment put into it, along with conveyor belts and handling gear.
"As well as designing it, we supplied the tubes, pipes and conveyors."
Meanwhile the company has also set up a new automotive assembly area at its 54,000 sq ft Birmingham plant to producing shaped nylon pipes for engine manufacturers.
The pipes are manufactured from monolayer and coextruded nylon tube capable of working at high temperature and pressure.
Mr Browne said negotiations were currently underway with several engine manufacturers to replace steel pipes with shaped nylon, which is cheaper and lighter than steel, in the future.
It has also won orders with French train maker Alstom to supply tube systems to transport water, sewage and air for the carriages of its Pendolino trains.
The £3.5 million contract has involved supplying piping systems for 477 carriages.
Mr Browne said: "They had problems with their original tubing system which was taking two days to assemble.
"Because we supplied the whole system, with insulation jackets secured by Velcro for example rather that a single piece, the assembly time was reduced to one hour."
The recent sales success has been a boost for the firm which was founded in 1983 by Mr Browne and business partners Alan Woodfield and Martin Morran.
Hydrapower does not make tubes, but assembles, cuts and shapes it as needed.
Mr Browne said: "When we started there were 63 companies doing what we do, but we wanted to do something different.
"But we found ourselves having to compete more with the manufacturers of hose and tubing who were increasingly supplying straight to the end users.
"So we moved from supplying bespoke parts to move to the more value added end of the market, by adding more design work and offering complete solutions from concept to completion."
The process has begun to pay off with Hydrapower supplying its piping solutions to Siemens for trains in Germany and China, where they have been used in Chan Chung metro.
Hydrapower sources its components from around the world, looking to achieve the best prices, before its eightstrong design team gets to work in Birmingham.
Mr Browne said: "Now we get involved earlier in the projects, and helping to design the tubes and pipes that our customers need.
"There is still enormous pressure to keep costs down, but we are also adding something more.
"Moving to a knowledge and added value end of the market is the only way to compete with India and China."