The United States Department of Defense or Pentagon has awarded a contract for the procurement of Hydra rockets for the Afghan Air Force.

“General Dynamics – OTS Inc., Williston, Vermont, was awarded a $44,353,964 modification (P00100) to foreign military sales (Afghanistan, Nigeria, Australia, Lebanon and Philippines) contract W31P4Q-14-C-0154 to procure Hydra rockets,” Pentagon said in a statement.

This comes as efforts are underway by the Afghan government and the international allies of Afghanistan to boost the capabilities of the Afghan national defense and security forces, specifically the Afghan Air Force.

The coalition forces officials in Afghanistan had earlier said that the size of the Afghan Air Force will be tripled over the next five years with the addition of new equipment and aircraft.

Earlier, Pentagon had announced that a new contract worth $1.8 billion has been awarded to Sierra Nevada Corporation in support of the Afghan Air Force.

“Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a ceiling $1,808,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for potential procurement, sustainment, modifications, ferry, and related equipment for the A-29,” Pentagon said in a statement issued nearly two weeks ago.

The statement further added “Work will be performed at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; and Kabul, Kandahar, and Mazari Sharif Air Bases, Afghanistan. Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2024.  This contract involves foreign military sales to Afghanistan.”