Woodlawn Manufacturing has strategically focused its efforts as an integrated high-volume, precision manufacturer of metal parts and assemblies for the defense, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, HVAC and other industries. As first- and second-tier supplier to the United States military, Woodlawn produces rocket warhead bodies, flare cases and other ammunition.
Woodlawn has manufactured the warhead body for the Hydra-70 Rocket System since 1997. The Hydra-70 is a low cost and versatile family of unguided rockets that are most often used by attack helicopters, but are adaptable for many aircraft and military vehicles and are now gaining approval for shipboard use. The rocket contains a micro-processor that provides automatic control of the components, including motors, fuses, and a variety of warheads. The versatility is created by the number of warhead configurations and range of combinations offered by the rockets. A pilot is empowered to engage a variety of targets and flexibly choose the ammunition appropriate for that target. The Hydra-70 is even more attractive since its management system permits a relatively inexpensive fuse versus the expensive electronic guidance control system.
For example, an H-70 Rocket can cost several hundred to one thousand dollars, only one tenth the average price of a guided missile. The H-70 is engineered so that it can be installed on new or retrofitted to existing helicopters. For these reasons, according to Defense Industry Daily, the Hydra-70 is arguably the world's most widely used helicopter-launched weapon system. Throughout the current conflicts, the Hydra-70 has gained prominence as a key weapon system by the U.S. military for its fit with urban warfare.
Historically, Woodlawn has produced 1.5M to 3.0M countermeasure flare cases annually. Countermeasure flares are fired from most type of aircraft to counter infrared guided surface-to-air or air-to-air missiles. The flares are made up of metals that spontaneously combust. When fired, they burn at thousands of degrees, which serves as a decoy to attract the infrared missiles to the flare instead of the aircraft's engine.