The US Navy has awarded a contract to Billet Tech to manufacture missile shipping containers.

Under the $19m contract, Billet Tech will design and build metal shipping and storage containers for 1,100-pound Joint Standoff Weapons.

The 13ft-long, 3ft-wide and 3ft-high missile shipping containers will undergo tests, including environmental, vibration and detonation tests.

During the detonation test the missile will be detonated inside a container while missiles rest in adjacent containers being untouched.

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Billet Tech president Mike Rochlitz said on successful completion of the first phase of production the company will build between 350 and 600 containers per year during the six-year term.