Rocket and Missile Structures

Nammo Composite Solutions produces a variety of products utilized as part of rocket and missile systems for the United States Armed Forces and its allies.

Warhead Bodies

Composite warhead bodies are typically used to minimize collateral damage compared to metal solutions, as the fibers and matrix disintegrate instead of fragmenting. Other applications may utilize a composite overwrap onto a metallic structure to further protect the explosive fill from thermal and mechanical effects.

Nammo Composite Solutions has extensive experience producing multiple composite warheads and understands the intricacies involved in their construction. These products may be fairly complicated, and typically involve additional processing beyond the fabrication of the composite structure, such as bonded assembly, painting and finishing, and non-destructive inspection.

Rocket Launch Tubes

Launch tubes play a critical role in protecting the rocket during handling, as well as providing accuracy of the launched round. It must be sufficiently strong to contain the rapid expansion of high-pressure gases used to propel the projectile. The use of composite materials is primarily for weight saving purposes, which lightens the load on the user and permits them to carry additional equipment on their mission.

Nammo Composite Solutions is the leading provider of composite launch tubes for shoulder fired weapon systems. The company has developed a streamlined production line for these types of products, and manufactures tens of thousands of launch tubes annually. These components are rigorously tested using in-house equipment, both proof and destructively, based on customer requirements to ensure that product reliability and safety goals are achieved.

Missile Airframe Structures

Composites are used on many rocket and missile structures for a variety of reasons. Primarily, composites are known for their high strength-to-weight ratio. Incorporating composites into missile airframes helps reduce overall weight without compromising structural integrity. This reduction may enhance missile performance, including increased range and payload capacity. Second, composites can be engineered to have a low radar reflectivity, contributing to a reduced radar cross-section. This feature enhances the missile’s stealth capabilities, making it more challenging for adversaries to detect and track, ultimately improving the missile’s survivability in combat scenarios. Additionally, composites offer flexibility in design, allowing engineers to tailor the material properties to specific requirements. This customization capability enables the optimization of the missile’s aerodynamics, structural integrity, and overall performance.

Nammo Composite Solutions has a wealth of experience in producing components and assemblies for missile structures. This includes fuselage bodies, fins, sensor reinforcements, air ducts, and access covers. These components demand a high level of quality and precision, which is designed into the manufacturing process.