General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a contract by Raytheon for the production of the composite capsule launch system (CCLS) for the Tomahawk missile.

The CCLS structure is used for the vertically launched, premier long-range, subsonic cruise submarine-based Tomahawk missile that is part of the US Navy land attack warfare arsenal.

Work under the $9.8m contract will be performed at the company’s facility in Lincoln, Nebraska, US, with first deliveries to begin in May 2011.

The Lincoln facility produces a wide variety of high-performance, filament-wound composite structures including motor cases, airframe components, launch tubes and pressure vessels.