MLRS-1 Hydra

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This article is about the Hydra introduced in Halo 5: Guardians. For other uses of the word Hydra, see Hydra (disambiguation).
MLRS-1 Hydra
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Production overview


Chalybs Defense Solutions[1][2]

Model series:



Multiple rocket launcher




91 centimeters (36 in)[1][2]


14 centimeters (5.6 in)[1]


38 centimeters (15.1 in)[1]


11.0 kilograms (24.3 lb)[1]

Ammunition type:

9X-G High-Explosive Air Bursting Gyroc rockets[2]

Feed system:

6-rocket revolving cylinder[1][2]

Firing mode:


Service history

In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts


The Multiple Launch Rocket System-1 Hydra Gyroc Launcher (MLRS-1 HGL) is a rapid-fire guided munitions launcher in the Hydra line of weaponry manufactured by Chalybs Defense Solutions and used by the United Nations Space Command.[1][2] It is the predecessor to the MLRS-2 model.


Design details[edit]

The MLRS-1 Hydra Gyroc Launcher is a highly versatile guided missile launcher that can operate in a variety of different environments. The weapon was designed to be effective against both infantry and vehicle targets. The Hydra is designed to be as easy to operate as a conventional rifle, albeit one that fires 9X-G gyroscopically stabilized High-Explosive Air Bursting (HEAB) micro-missiles from the weapon's six-chamber, revolving cylinder.[1] The Hydra's rockets are capable of homing in on targets, though they require a lock-on before doing so.[3][2]

Highly effective in both close-quarters combat and medium-range engagements, the Hydra can be used in a direct-fire mode, though it is most deadly when using a real-time VISR connection to lock-on and guide missiles to the target. The Hydra's sophisticated automatic targeting and tracking system allows the user to target not only individual infantry, but even distinct parts of enemy vehicles to effect a clean and efficient kill.[1][2]


  • Typhon: The Typhon is an improved variant manufactured by the Office of Naval Intelligence's Watershed Division that features upgraded and improved recoil compensation, warhead damage, and reload speed.[1][4]
  • Echidna: The Echidna'is an advanced variant, also produced by the Watershed Division's engineers, that features experimental, non-nuclear warheads capable of generating an electromagnetic pulse. Unlike the base model or Typhon, the Echidna is capable of both a 2× and 5× zoom and can track down targets as far back as 2,040 feet (622 m).[1][5]

Operational history[edit]

The result of decades of development in refining micro-missile technology, the Hydra MLRS entered service in the United Nations Space Command in 2556, though the weapon has yet to see widespread usage beyond the Spartan Operations division as of October 2558. The Hydra had been utilized in a number of combat roles, including close-quarters infantry engagements, urban pacification, and ship boarding maneuvers.[1] Hydras were aboard Argent Moon during Blue Team's mission to recover the research ship in 2558.[6]



Concept art and illustrations[edit]

Development images[edit]


Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards[edit]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Halo Waypoint, Hydra Launcher (Retrieved on Oct 30, 2021) [archive]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 177
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Locke & Load (Retrieved on Nov 8, 2020) [archive]
  4. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, REQ card: Typhon description "What Chalybs builds, Watershed Division perfects. Improved Hydra Launcher with upgraded recoil compensation, warhead damage, and reload speed."
  5. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, REQ card: Echidna description "Experimental mini-missile warheads are just one of Chalybs Defense's many R&D projects. Advanced Hydra Launcher loaded with experimental EMP warheads capable of temporarily disabling enemy vehicles."
  6. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, campaign level Blue Team
  7. ^ Halo Waypoint, The Halo Bulletin Episode 6 (Retrieved on Apr 13, 2016) [archive]