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General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has received a contract modification to deliver Hydra-70 rockets to the US Army Contracting Command.

The $60m contract extension option was exercised as part of a supplies contract originally awarded to General Dynamics in 2014.

Under the new contract, the company will produce 2.75in/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket systems for US military services and foreign military sales customers.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems tactical air munitions vice-president and general manager Eric Ellis said: "The versatility, reliability and affordability of the Hydra-70 rockets make them a lethality solution across multiple combat scenarios.

"We look forward to continuing to provide this critical munition to the US warfighters and allies."

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The Hydra-70 rocket has two main components, including the MK66 rocket motor and various warheads.

"The versatility, reliability and affordability of the Hydra-70 rockets make them a lethality solution across multiple combat scenarios."

This rocket can be fired from a variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft such as the US Army Apache and the US Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters, the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and combat aircraft of many nations across the world.

The Hydra-70 family of unguided rockets provide several warhead configurations to support a wide range of missions carried out by all branches of the US military and its allies.

General Dynamics produces Hydra-70 rocket system at its facilities in Camden, Arkansas; Springboro, Ohio; Anniston, Alabama;and Williston, Vermont.

The 2014 contract award includes five potential options through 2018, with plans to complete work by 2020.


Image: Hydra 70 rockets on AH-64 Apache. Photo: courtesy of Dammit.