General Dynamics receives $51.7 million Hydra order

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has received a $51.7 million order from the US Army Joint Munitions Command for the production of Hydra-70 2.75-inch (70mm) rockets and motors.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has received a $51.7 million order from the US Army Joint Munitions Command for the production of Hydra-70 2.75-inch (70mm) rockets and motors.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has received a $51.7 million order from the US Army Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Illinois, for the production of Hydra-70 2.75-inch (70mm) rockets and motors for the US Army, Navy and Air Force.

According to a statement, this order extends deliveries through to November 2005 on a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 1999. Total contract value to date is $713.5 million.

According to General Dynamics, Hydra-70 is a widely used weapon system because it is versatile, effective and affordable. The rockets can be fired from a variety of rotary and fixed- wing platforms, including the US Army Apache and Marine Corps Cobra helicopters and the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The 70mm rocket system is said to offer several warhead configurations that fulfil a wide range of mission requirements to defeat soft to lightly armoured targets. In February, the Army awarded General Dynamics a contract to add a precision guidance system to the 70mm rocket family as part of Block I development of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS).

System engineering and program management will be performed at General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products’ Burlington, Vermont, headquarters. Final assembly and component sub assembly will be performed at General Dynamics’ Camden, Arkansas, and McHenry, Mississippi, facilities.