Arnold Defense™, the St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is announcing successful test firing results of their “FLETCHER™” land-based, 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System at Eurosatory, Paris, taking place 11-15 June 2018. The FLETCHER™ system can be mounted on military vehicles as well as base defense platforms. The FLETCHER™ Laser Guided Rocket Launcher System can be seen at Eurosatory as part of the Dillon Aero stand which is in hall 5A number A450.
The FLETCHER™ test firing took place late in May at an undisclosed location in USA at the specific request of an, also undisclosed, group of end users. The aim of the test-firing was to prove the concept of FLETCHER™ when used as a ground-based weapon system and to demonstrate the capability to a range of interested specialist users from across the globe. The test firing was a huge success, achieving a 100% target hit rate at ranges between 2 km and 5 km.
The FLETCHER™ system is supported by a team of global defense industry companies collaborating under Arnold’s leadership to combine their complimentary expertise. Working together, the team is able to provide a full-system approach to FLETCHER™ ranging from design, validation, testing, manufacture and full system integration in a variety of ground-to-ground engagement scenarios.
FLETCHER™ is a unique design that allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations. FLETCHER™ employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads which are already used in well-known programs and are readily available to global forces. Working in-concert with world-class designation equipment, FLETCHER™ is a fully integrated weapon system that can engage targets at ranges up to 5 kilometers giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets.
Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense™ said “achieving such successful test-firing results on our very first live range session is a massive boost for FLETCHER™ and for all of the companies involved in the collaborative team. Since launching FLETCHER™ in London, UK, last September, we have been showing it all around the world where it is garnering significant interest, especially from special operations military units”. He added: “Now that we’ve proven that the concept works we’re expecting to see the interest turn into orders and to that end, we are aiming to have the FLETCHER™ system ready for sale during the last quarter of 2018”.