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.