Rocket order for General Dynamics

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The US Army Aviation and Missile Command has placed two orders totalling $149m for the production of 70mm Hydra-70 rockets with General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.

The order is part of a five-year requirements contract signed on April 28, 2005, which has a potential value of $900m. Orders to date under this contract total $502m.

Hydra-70 is a family of unguided rockets offering several warhead configurations that enable an aircrew to match the rocket to the specific mission. The widely used Hydra-70 rocket is designed to be versatile, affordable and effective against area suppression-type targets.

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 many nations worldwide.

System engineering and programme management will be performed at General Dynamics' Burlington Technology Centre in Vermont. Final assembly and component sub-assembly will occur at General Dynamics' Arkansas facility.