General Dynamics wins $85 million rocket order

General Dynamics Armament Systems has received an $85 million order from the US Army Operations Support Command for the production of Hydra-70 rockets and motors.

General Dynamics Armament Systems has received an $85 million order from the US Army Operations Support Command for the production of Hydra-70 rockets and motors for customers that include the US Army, Air Force and Navy.

The order is part of a five-year contract awarded to General Dynamics in June 1999.

According to a statement, total contract value to date stands at $580 million against a maximum potential value of $1.2 billion over the five-year contract period.

Contract deliveries against the most recent order run from April 2003 through to November 2004.

The Hydra-70 rocket is reportedly the most widely used helicopter weapon system in the world today.

It is fired from many rotary and fixed-wing platforms, including the US Army Apache and Marine Corps Cobra helicopters, the Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and the combat aircraft of 15 nations worldwide.

The Hydra-70 is said to meet a variety of special mission requirements and can defeat a broad range of enemy threats. It is a combat-ready system that has proved itself versatile, effective and affordable and has been selected for integration on many new helicopter programs around the world.

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