General Dynamics Awarded $10 Million Contract by Raytheon for Production of Tomahawk CCLS Launch Tubes

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 4, 2010

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $9.8 million contract by Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., for production of the composite capsule launch system (CCLS) for the Tomahawk missile.  General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

The CCLS structure is used for the vertically launched, submarine-based Tomahawk missile, the U.S. Navy's premier long-range, subsonic cruise missile for land attack warfare.  Production and program management will be performed at General Dynamics' advanced materials facility in Lincoln, Neb.  Work will begin this month, with the first deliveries beginning in May 2011.  General Dynamics' Lincoln facility produces a wide variety of high-performance, filament-wound composite structures including motor cases, airframe components, launch tubes and pressure vessels for the defense and aerospace markets.  Approximately 160 people are employed at the Lincoln location.

"Our Lincoln facility has been producing the CCLS structures for Raytheon since the late 1980s," said Jim Losse, vice president and general manager of advanced materials for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.  "We will continue to work with Raytheon to help provide the warfighter with a powerful tool to achieve a decisive advantage."

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications.  The company designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems.  It is also a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems.  More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at

General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 90,000 people worldwide.  The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies.  More information about General Dynamics is available online at

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