Hydra, Awakened: Guided Air-Ground Rockets

TALON & partial ARWS land test

TALON test-firing
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More TALON naval/ land testing; TALON RRWS detailed.


September 04/17: General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $60 million US Army contract modification to an earlier 2014 award for additional Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket systems. The rockets will be for US combat aircraft and for customers of the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The unguided 2.75″/70mm Hydra-70 air-to-ground rocket comes in a wide variety of warhead configurations and is used by a variety of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft, including Apache and Cobra attack helicopters, F-16 Fighting Falcons and aircraft of other nations.

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Boom. (click to view full) Sen. Leahy’s [D-VT] worked in the mid-2000s to keep the Hydra 70mm rocket family alive through special appropriations, just in time for the Hydras’ potential on the battlefield to rise again. The key was the addition of low-cost precision guidance, which would expand the number of precision weapons carried by […]

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