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Army contracts for Hydra-70 rockets

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted General Dynamics to deliver its Hydra-70 rockets, warheads and motors.

U.S. company General Dynamics said its Armament and Technical Products unit was awarded the contract from the Army Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center.

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Under the approximately $150 million deal, General Dynamics' Burlington Technology Center in Vermont and the company's Camden, Ark., facility will assemble and deliver Hydra-70 rockets, warheads and motors to the Army.

The Hydra-70 rockets are designed to support Apache and Cobra attack helicopters, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and other U.S. military combat aircraft.

"Our Hydra-70 rockets provide the U.S. Army with a versatile, effective weapon," Russ Klein, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products vice president and general manager of weapon systems, said in a statement. "Hydra-70 consists of a family of unguided rockets offering several warhead configurations that enable an aircrew to match the rocket to the specific mission."

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