General Dynamics wins $60Mn Hydra-70 rocket production contract

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General Dynamics wins $60Mn Hydra-70 rocket production contract
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was recently awarded a $60 million contract modification by the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for production of the 2.75”/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket system for U.S. military services and Foreign Military Sales customers.
U.S. Army AH-64E Apache helicopter ground crew members assigned to Task Force Tigershark, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division load a Hydra 70 rocket for a mission at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, April 25, 2017
(Credit: Capt. Brian Harris/16th Combat Aviation Brigade)
This option was exercised as part of a supplies contract originally awarded to General Dynamics in 2014, the US-based defense contractor said on Aug. 30.

Hydra-70 is a family of unguided rockets offering several warhead configurations that enable an aircrew to match the rocket to the specific mission. Rockets can be fired from a variety of rotary and fixed-wing platforms, including the U.S. Army Apache and U.S. Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and combat aircraft of many nations worldwide.

The versatility, reliability and affordability of the Hydra-70 rockets make them a lethality solution across multiple combat scenarios,” said Eric Ellis, vice president and general manager for tactical air munitions, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. “We look forward to continuing to provide this critical munition to the U.S. warfighters and allies.”

The Hydra-70 rocket is actually in use within dozen of countries, such as Australia, USA, Egypt, Iraq, Singapore and Saudi Arabia.