Pentagon buys $ 70 billion Hydra-3,4 unguided rockets


The US Department of Defense signed a contract to purchase a significant number of unguided missiles Hydra-70 for the needs of the army aviation. The production of missiles will be undertaken by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, which is the "daughter" of General Dynamics.


This was announced today by the Pentagon press service.

The total amount of the contract for the supply of missiles is $ 3,4 billion. It is expected that the shipment of ordered ammunition to the U.S. military will be completed by September 30, 2026. The contract provides not only the production of missiles, but also their subsequent engineering support.

The Hydra-70 unguided missile is considered the main missile ordnance of the U.S. Army Aviation. They are used on Apache helicopters, Cobra F-16 aircraft and other equipment. They are usually used as air-to-ground missiles. Hydra-70 can be equipped with one of nine types of warheads. Later versions have guidance systems.



Hydra missile system consists of three components: MK66 MOD 4 rocket engine, warhead and fuse. Shots are fired from 7- or 19-tube launchers that are mounted on pylons.
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  1. poquello 30 May 2020 18: 01 New
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    and that exclusively technological)))))))))))))))) such a simple munition?
    1. svp67 30 May 2020 18: 21 New
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      Quote: poquello
      and that exclusively technological)))))))))))))))) such a simple munition?

      Well, don’t tell me ... there is the possibility of turning every uncontrollable into a controlled

      Yes, they have a lot of variety

      All HYDRA-70 warheads can be divided into two groups: unitary warheads with a contact fuse and components with an air blast (remote fuse M-439).
      1. poquello 30 May 2020 18: 26 New
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        Quote: svp67
        Well, don’t tell me ... there is the possibility of turning every uncontrollable into a controlled


        ) will each helicopter pilot be offered to buy heads with his own money?
        1. svp67 30 May 2020 18: 29 New
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          Quote: poquello
          ) will each helicopter pilot be offered to buy heads with his own money?

          As I understand it, this purchase will be a separate contract ...
          And so, with the price of one rocket at 10 bucks, the amount of 000 is enough to buy 3 pieces
      2. rocket757 30 May 2020 18: 29 New
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        As always, the question is price-effectiveness.
        There is a lot of controversy, but so far there is a cheap and expensive one.
        1. poquello 30 May 2020 18: 32 New
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          Quote: rocket757
          As always, the question is price-effectiveness.
          There is a lot of controversy, but so far there is a cheap and expensive one.

          Naturally, but lovers of the American high-tech pinned, even hid, did not see talk about the decay of hail, etc.
          1. rocket757 30 May 2020 18: 55 New
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            The most objective assessment could be given by those who can’t say anything ... moreover, such a “backward” equipment is undergoing modernization. Now, if inferior to high-precision technology, then not in terms of price-effectiveness.
    2. Courier 30 May 2020 19: 07 New
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      The United States has the best aviation ammunition, including missiles.
      1. forpost 30 May 2020 20: 27 New
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        really chtol?
  2. Bold order! Some European armies have a smaller defense budget ...
  3. Reserve buildbat 30 May 2020 18: 09 New
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    And in the video they talk about 11 types of warheads ... And that our liberoids do not howl, that mattresses buy RS for yards of tanks? No, to give pensioners! laughing
    But when they discuss the procurement of the Moscow Region or the Russian Guard for amounts hundreds or thousands of times smaller, they yell like scalded ones.
  4. KVU-NSVD 30 May 2020 18: 09 New
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    To the question of "yesterday NURSov." But in general, buying with a bell is a very large consignment of very consumable ammunition for the immediate battlefield. In general, the turn of the 25th about a year more and more often in different contexts flashes in the programs and procurement of the Pentagon.
    1. sabakina 30 May 2020 18: 12 New
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      Victor, do you think they will be naughty in the squares?
      1. KVU-NSVD 30 May 2020 18: 21 New
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        Quote: sabakina
        Victor, do you think they will be naughty in the squares?

        Just because such a quantity of cheap ammunition for volley fire does not get. Recently, we ordered a tender for cheap landing craft with a period of approximately the same delivery start dates with a service life of 10 years, i.e. again, "consumables" for the war, the program for the re-entry of short-range army defenses was launched, who wants to dig more examples with signs of preparation for large-scale hostilities. The deadlines for such programs are about 25-30 years. I hope I'm mistaken, but in general, such things are already from the category of intelligence signs
        1. sabakina 30 May 2020 18: 34 New
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          Quote: KVU-NSVD
          I hope I'm mistaken, but in general, such things are already from the category of intelligence signs
          Hope only to hope that June 1941 will not happen again.
          1. Sky strike fighter 30 May 2020 18: 42 New
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            It will not happen again. With nuclear weapons everything is different. They want to attack Iran in no way.
    2. alexmach 30 May 2020 23: 28 New
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      To the question of "yesterday NURSov"

      yes, yes, yesterday they just called the “armor-piercer” a weapon of the last century.
  5. NF68 30 May 2020 18: 38 New
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    Americans with this matter are easier-printing machines they do not stand idle. There is enough paper and ink. It will be necessary, they will not print so many green papers.
  6. Vitaly Tsymbal 30 May 2020 18: 56 New
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    How many pieces and at what price per piece ... we know these Americans with their prices ... maybe we buy something like that every year and more ... and cheaper at times !!!! And in the article, they again scare us with billions)))
  7. Hydrogen 30 May 2020 19: 04 New
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    Yes, they are getting ready for something, they are taking doubts about Iran. It’s a lot of strength gathering at our borders in the west, by the year 25 they will gain real power there.
    1. FIR FIR 30 May 2020 19: 24 New
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      Only the insane are going to fight with Russia. Even without a hot war, everything works well for them. The oligarchs do everything themselves, without conquerors.
      But in Libya, Syria, Venezuela or Iran can blaze specifically.
  8. Professor 30 May 2020 20: 10 New
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    The Hydra-70 unguided missile is considered the main missile ordnance of the U.S. Army Aviation. They are used on Apache helicopters, Cobra F-16 aircraft and other equipment.

    What kind of nonsense?
    Hydra-70 unguided missile NOT considered the main missile ammunition of the U.S. Army Aviation. Their TOTALLY NOT use used on Apache helicopters, Cobra F-16 aircraft and other equipment. They are NOT at all used in combat conditions.
    1. Orkraider 30 May 2020 21: 41 New
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      Do not use at all?


      If you do not consider, and do not use at all, why buy? It doesn’t happen, there are no fools there.
      1. Professor 31 May 2020 05: 57 New
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        Quote: Orkraider
        Do not use at all?

        Absolutely. Find a combat use video dated to the XNUMXst century.

        Quote: Orkraider
        If you do not consider, and do not use at all, why buy? It doesn’t happen, there are no fools there.

        1, The rich have their own quirks.
        2. In the photo to the article is inert (educational) Warhead.
    2. businessv 31 May 2020 12: 54 New
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      Quote: Professor
      They are NOT used at all. They are used on Apache helicopters, Cobra F-16 aircraft and other equipment. They are NOT at all used in combat conditions.
      Damn, I want to add "like the above means of delivery of data of ammunition"! laughing Justify your post, or what? Somehow unexpectedly you rolled it out, I hope, not unreasonably!
      1. Professor 31 May 2020 21: 24 New
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        Quote: businessv
        Quote: Professor
        They are NOT used at all. They are used on Apache helicopters, Cobra F-16 aircraft and other equipment. They are NOT at all used in combat conditions.
        Damn, I want to add "like the above means of delivery of data of ammunition"! laughing Justify your post, or what? Somehow unexpectedly you rolled it out, I hope, not unreasonably!

        "Over the years" of his stay on the site already laid out on the shelves. Briefly: do not use the bourgeois NURS. For the same reason that they do not fire bursts of small arms. There is a lot of noise - few results.
        1. businessv 2 June 2020 15: 14 New
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          Quote: Professor
          There is a lot of noise - few results.

          Understood thanks! good There was no use in real hostilities. Then why such a large order - after all, our partners cannot be blamed for impracticality?
          1. Professor 2 June 2020 19: 47 New
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            Quote: businessv
            Quote: Professor
            There is a lot of noise - few results.

            Understood thanks! good There was no use in real hostilities. Then why such a large order - after all, our partners cannot be blamed for impracticality?

            Such as Lopatov shout "cut", IMHO will train on them. The blue warhead in the photo in the article is a training one.
  9. iouris 30 May 2020 22: 18 New
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    How low they value their adversary. You do not know who it is?
  10. APASUS 30 May 2020 23: 27 New
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    Honestly, overstocking of warehouses with such products speaks only about one thing - preparation for military operations. If in the near future there will be an infa about ordering aerial bombs, it will be inevitable!
  11. KCA
    KCA 31 May 2020 01: 51 New
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    The BM-13 never had the accuracy of a projectile hit, the KVO was just awful, by today's standards, there are nuances in the application, I can see right there how the “crocodile” jumps out over the militants' camp, gives 40 S-8, right out of the blue, without aiming, without GPS, and the barmalei rejoice and shoot from MANPADS, well, those who were not washed away in one gulp, and who have diapers especially roomy ... In the area of ​​use for a couple of hours there will be no one, cockroaches will envy the stealth survivors
  12. mac789 31 May 2020 13: 03 New
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    If you slightly reconsider the design of unguided missiles, you can get them close to rifled artillery systems.
  13. bars1 31 May 2020 13: 17 New
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    Most likely they will purchase a controlled version of Hydra. With NURSami only ours bother. Or from poverty, or from clubbing, or maybe from both of the above reasons.