GD to continue Hydra-70 rocket production for US and allied militaries

21 July 2015 (Last Updated July 21st, 2015 18:30)

General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems has received two contract modifications to continue production of 2.75in / 70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket systems.

Hydra 70 rockets

General Dynamics (GD) Ordnance and Tactical Systems has received two contract modifications to continue production of 2.75in / 70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket systems.

Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, the contracts have a combined value of $126m and cover Hydra-70 rockets for the US military services and foreign military sales customers.

Both options exercised form part of a supplies contract originally awarded to the company in 2014.

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems precision systems vice-president and general manager Dan Paul said: "General Dynamics has been in continuous production of Hydra-70 rockets since 1996.

"Our Hydra-70 rockets provide the warfighter with firepower that is versatile, affordable and reliable in multiple combat roles.

"We look forward to the continuation of our strong partnership with the US military and its allies."

"We look forward to the continuation of our strong partnership with the US military and its allies."

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.

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.

The rockets can be fired from a variety of rotary and fixed-wing platforms, including the US Army Apache and US Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters, the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, and combat aircraft of several countries worldwide.

Additional contract details, including the number of units ordered and their delivery schedule remain undisclosed.


Image: Hydra 70 rockets in an M261 launch pod onboard a Dutch AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Dammit.