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Composite Launch Tubes

Composite Launch Tubes
For Military Applications

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.

Utilizing composites in the manufacture of rocket and missile launch tubes provides a plethora of advantages:

  • System weight can reduced
  • Maintain fatigue and corrosion resistance longer
  • Less weight allows for sub-system integration (metallic, non-metallic, cables)
  • Composites allow for the use of complex surfaces.

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.

Composite Capsule Launch System (CCLS) Tomahawk: We produces the Composite Capsule Launch System for the submarine launched Tomahawk missile. The internal diameter of the CCLS launch tube incorporates nonmetallic pads to cushion the missile during deployment, loading and handling.

Line-of-Sight Anti-Tank (LOSAT): We developed the launch tube for the LOSAT missile. The internal diameter incorporates a helical rail system for use in launch of the missile.

Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS): We designed, qualified and produced all of the composite launch tubes for the MLRS. These launch tubes continue to be used for the launch of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS). The launch tube features four integrally wound internal rails and multiple machined outer diameter regions

Unmatched experience designing, producing and testing high-performance composite launch tubes of various shapes and sizes.

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