General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) was awarded a $3.4 billion contract by the U.S. Army for production and engineering services for Hydra 70 rocket systems.
Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q20F0282).
The Hydra 70 rocket is a 2.75-inch (70 mm) diameter fin-stabilized unguided rocket used primarily in the air-to-ground role. It can be equipped with a variety of warheads, and in more recent versions, guidance systems for point attacks.
The Hydra is widely used by the U.S. and allied forces, competing with the Canadian CRV-7, with which it is physically interchangeable. The U.S. Army’s OH-58D(R) Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopter and AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter, as well as the Marine Corps’ versatile UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra helicopters, carry the Hydra rocket launcher standard on its weapon pylons.