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GenDyn receives $170 million Hydra-70 rocket contracts

U.S. Army contracts cover production of the 2.75"/70mm air-to-ground rockets.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
GenDyn receives $170 million Hydra-70 rocket contracts
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded two U.S. Army contracts collectively worth $170 million for production of the Hydra-70 rocket system, the company announced this week. The Hydra-70 is shown here being fired from an Apache helicopter during an exercise this spring. U.S. Army photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded two U.S. Army contracts collectively worth $170 million for production of the Hydra-70 rocket system, the company announced this week.

The deal covers production of the 2.75"/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket systems for U.S. military services and foreign military sales customers, the company said in a statement.

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It is an option exercised that is part of a supplies contract originally awarded to the company in 2014.

General Dynamics has been in continuous production of the rockets since 1996.

The air-launched rockets are used by each service on fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

The highly modular rocket family incorporates several different warheads, including high-explosive, anti-personnel, training and illumination flare.

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