Hydra 70 rocket

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has secured a contract to manufacture additional 2.75in / 70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket systems for the US military.

Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command, the five-year, fixed firm-price contract requires the company to supply unspecified units of Hydra-70 rockets for all military services.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems precision systems vice-president and general manager Dan Paul said: "The Hydra-70 rocket is a combat-proven, cost-effective weapon that enhances the survivability and mission success of the warfighter.

"General Dynamics has been the system integrator for the Hydra rocket since 1996 and has produced more than five million rockets.

"We will continue to work closely with the army to deliver a weapon that is both affordable and reliable in action."

Based on the US Navy-built Mk4 / Mk 40 70mm folding-fin aerial rocket, the Hydra-70 is a family of 2.75in unguided rockets, designed to provide soldiers with the required firepower for effective engagements and area suppression of low-value targets in the battlefield.

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"General Dynamics has been the system integrator for the Hydra rocket since 1996 and has produced more than five million rockets."

The rocket features the Mk66 rocket motor, which is mounted on helicopters, some aircraft and a warhead, and can be modified to address a wide range of mission requirements, as well as associated point-detonating and omni-directional remote-set fuse.

Since 1996, more than four million Hydra-70 rockets have been manufactured by the company for the US Army’s joint attack munition systems project office and are used in a wide range of mission requirements by all branches of the US military and its allies.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out at the company’s facilities in Camden, Arkansas, Springboro, Ohio, Anniston, Alabama, and Williston, Vermont, US.

The contract includes five potential options through to 2018, with work expected to be complete by 2020.

Image: A US Army member installs the Hydra-70 rockets on a helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Skip Vaughn, USAG Redstone.

Defence Technology