DESCRIPTION:

The Hydra-70 Rocket System of 2.75-inch air-launched rockets is employed by tri-service and special operating forces on both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and is inherently immune to countermeasures. This highly modular rocket family incorporates several different mission-oriented warheads for the Hydra-70 variant, including high-explosive, anti-personnel, multipurpose submunition, red phosphorus smoke, flechette, training, visible-light illumination flare, and infrared illumination flare.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

Hydra-70 provides an air-to-ground suppression, smoke screening, illumination, and direct and indirect fires capability to defeat area, materiel and personnel targets at close and extended ranges. This Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II guidance package will infuse precision into the current Hydra-70 weapon system by providing increased stowed kills and point target accuracy. It will also provide the capability for low collateral damage engagements against lightly armored and soft-point targets.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Diameter: 2.75 inches
  • Weight: 23-27 pounds (depending on warhead)
  • Length: 55-70 inches (depending on warhead)
  • Range: 300-8,000 meters
  • Velocity: 700-plus meters per second
  • Area suppression: No precision

PROGRAM STATUS

  • Current: Producing annual replenishment for training, theater combat expenditures and war reserve requirements

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • FY16-17: Continue Hydra-70 production, safety, reliability and producibility program activities; continue assessment of guided rocket inventory objective requirements

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

Hydra-70: Colombia, Egypt, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom

CONTRACTORS

  • Prime System: General Dynamics (Burlington, VT)
  • Grain: BAE Systems (Radford, VA)
  • Warhead Fuses: Action Manufacturing (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Shipping Container (Fastpack): CONCO (Louisville, KY)
  • Fin and Nozzle: General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (Anniston, AL)

PEO

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