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.

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.