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    General Dynamics Modifies Order for US Battlefield Flares - Orbital ATK

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    General Dynamics has made unspecified changes in a contract to purchase both visible and infrared illumination warheads for Hydra-70 family of unguided rockets, the aerospace company Orbital ATK announced in a press release on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Hydra-70 warheads can be fired from a variety of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including the US Army Apache and the US Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters, as well as the US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets and combat aircraft of many nations worldwide, the release noted.

    "As the manufacturer of these warheads, Orbital ATK, remains committed to investing in cutting edge illumination technology, production methods and other product improvements," the release stated.

    In this undated handout photo released by General Dynamics, a technician loads Hydra-70 rockets
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    In this undated handout photo released by General Dynamics, a technician loads Hydra-70 rockets

    Orbital ATK makes nine different warheads for the Hydra-70, including warheads that deliver the two types of flares cited in the release.

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is the system integrator of the 2.75-inch diameter Hydra-70 family of rockets.

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    Hydra-70, AH-64 Apache, F-16 fighter jet, Orbital ATK, US Marine Corps, General Dynamics, US Air Force
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