Visible and IR Illumination for HYDRA-70 Rocket Family
General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems (GDOTS) recently awarded a contract modification to Orbital ATK for the supply of M257 (visible) and M278 (IR) illuminating flares for the HYDRA-70 rocket family. The modification covers the supply of over 23,000 flares.
The HYDRA-70 rocket system equips US APACHE and COBRA attack helicopters, F-16 FALCON fighters and combat aircraft in service with many nations worldwide. The current order is to satisfy a US government requirement for an illuminating suite for both visible and IR spectra: Orbital ATK received an initial production and First Article Test contarct in January 2016.
“Orbital ATK’s illuminating flares give our servicemen and women the edge they need,” said Charlie Precourt, President of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group. “We take pride in knowing our products protect them. Our commitment to the warfighter is unwavering.”