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MISSILE AND SPACE STRUCTURES

ENGINEERING AND INNOVATION

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has a long history of producing composite rocket motor cases and launch tubes for tactical and strategic missiles launched from ground, air, ship and submarine platforms.
These products offer cost-effective, lightweight alternatives to heavy metal components.

Composite Launch Tubes

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has years of experience designing, producing and testing high-performance composite launch tubes of various shapes and sizes. We have the ability to design to specification or build-to-print.

Our highly-skilled, multi-functional teams manage each project from analysis and modeling through design and testing, with “cradle to the grave” responsibility. We have produced over 1.5 million launch tubes in sizes ranging from three to over 25 feet long for U.S. Military ground-launched and ship-launched missile systems.

Leading the way in
Engineering Innovation

As missile designers seek to obtain additional weight reduction, we are also applying the benefits of composite materials to missile fuselage structures, subcomponents, inter-stages, fairings, pressure vessels and control surfaces.

Our engineers work directly with the customer’s structural designers to develop and test these structures to meet requirements such as reliability; thermal resistance; high bending stiffness; and to ensure long storage life and corrosion resistance are incorporated into the design.

Leading the way in Engineering Innovation

As missile designers seek to obtain additional weight reduction, we are also applying the benefits of composite materials to missile fuselage structures, subcomponents, inter-stages, fairings, pressure vessels and control surfaces.

Our engineers work directly with the customer’s structural designers to develop and test these structures to meet requirements such as reliability; thermal resistance; high bending stiffness; and to ensure long storage life and corrosion resistance are incorporated into the design.

Rocket Motor Cases

Rocket Motor Cases provide the pressure shell for propellant as well as the structural shell for the missile. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems produces both metal and composite rocket motor cases. We have a long history and remains an industry leader in designing, analyzing, developing, testing and producing customer-loaded solid propellant rocket motor cases.

We work closely with our customers in the design, development and production of rocket motor cases, including the following components: rubber insulators, port fittings, integral attachment skirts and pressure chambers used for strategic, tactical and interceptor missile systems.

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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is a global aerospace and defense company. We are a committed to providing the U.S. military and its allies with an extensive range of overarching products that provide a cutting-edge advantage to our war fighters. A General Dynamics Company.

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