Arnold Defense, the St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is announcing the commencement of initial low-rate production of their “FLETCHER” land-based, 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System. This announcement coincides with the Defence Vehicle Dynamics event (DVD) taking place in UK 19/20 September 2018. The FLETCHER system can be mounted on military vehicles as well as base defense platforms.
Arnold Defense announced in June 2018 that successful test firing had taken place. 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. Following on from that, Arnold are currently working on the initial production run of the FLETCHER launcher system with the first one to be delivered shortly. However, at this stage they are unable to disclose how many are being built nor to whom they will be delivered.
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 “The FLETCHER system entering production is a huge win for the team, following on from the launch of the concept at DSEi in 2017 and then the successful test-firing earlier this year”. He added: “We look forward to seeing the successful deployment of FLETCHER providing the warfighter with a new fast, smart and lethal weapon system.”
Photo caption: Arnold Defense FLETCHER mounted on a Polaris Dagor at SOFIC 2018