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Orbital ATK awarded flares contract

17th March 2017 - 10:30 by The Shephard News Team

Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract modification from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems to supply M257 (visible) and M278 (infrared) illuminating flares for the Hydra 70 family of rockets, the company announced on 15 March.

The follow-on order will address the US government's requirement for a suite of illuminating warheads for the Hydra 70 rocket system that provides tactical illumination in the visible and infrared spectra. Orbital ATK received an initial production and first article test contract in January 2016.

The Hydra 70 warheads are used by a number of rotary and fixed-wing platforms, including the US Army Apache and the US Marine Corps Cobra attack helicopters.

Charlie Precourt, VP and general manager of Orbital ATK's propulsion systems division, said: 'Orbital ATK's illuminating flares give our servicemen and women the edge they need. We take pride in knowing our products protect them. Our commitment to the warfighter is unwavering.'

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