Munitions order reaches $663.6 million mark

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has received a $68.8 million order from the US Army Joint Munitions Command for the production of Hydra-70 2.75-inch rockets and motors.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has received a $68.8 million order from the US Army Joint Munitions Command for the production of Hydra-70 2.75-inch rockets and motors for the US Army and Navy.

This order is an extension to a contract originally awarded in 1999 and brings the total contract value to $663.6 million. Deliveries are expected through to August 2005.

According to General Dynamics, Hydra-70 rockets can be fired from a variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including the US Army Apache and Marine Corps Cobra helicopters and the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The 2.75-inch rocket system is said to offer several warhead configurations that fulfil a range of special mission requirements to defeat soft to lightly armoured targets.

General Dynamics was recently selected as the system integrator for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), a family of guided and unguided 2.75-inch rockets that will include a series of block upgrades to the Hydra- 70.

In February 2003, General Dynamics was awarded the first $9 million increment on a separate $53.8 million contract to develop the Block I guided version of the Hydra-70 under the APKWS program.