Rockets, Warheads, and Ordnance
Hydra-70 - 2.75-inch (70mm) Family of Rockets
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is the
system integrator of the 2.75-inch (70mm) Hydra-70 family of rockets. These rockets include unitary and cargo warheads for use against point and area targets, providing the user a lethal and lightweight weapon system with multi-mission capability.
The rocket system contains three components: the MK66
MOD 4 rocket motor, one of nine warheads, and the associated point-detonating, omni-directional, remote-set fuze(s). When these components are combined, they provide a tailor-made solution to the warfighter’s situational requirements.
Warheads are available in either unitary or cargo configurations (see reverse). Fitted to the MK66 MOD 4 motor, these warheads provide low-cost munitions capable of area suppression and defeating threats at extended ranges, as well as providing battlefield obscuration, illumination and marking.
Hydra-70 provides the Army with affordable firepower
matched to the mission for effective engagements and
area suppression of a long list of lower-value targets on
the battlefield. The Government/Industry team is planning
subsequent block enhancements to overall performance
(i.e., lethality, safety, range, precision and IM) of the entire
family of rockets as funding and other technologies for
warhead, fuze, propulsion and launcher improvements are made available.
GD-OTS has produced more than four million Hydra-70 rockets since 1996 in support of the Army’s Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office.
Hydra-70 fires from the existing seven and 19-tube launchers and can be mounted on most rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including: Apache, Cobra and F-16.