Arnold Defense™, the St Louis based manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, will be at this year’s AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition to showcase their FLETCHER™ Laser Guided Rocket Launcher. Global Force 2019 will take place 26-28 March 2019 at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama. The FLETCHER™ 2.75-inch/70mm weapon system will be on display mounted on the Polaris MRZR-D4 off-road vehicle in booth #1011, and with BAE Systems in booth #1219
With FLETCHER™, Arnold Defense™ has made a bold departure from the traditional concept of use for 2.75-inch rocket systems; that of an area suppression weapon delivered by aviation assets. Arnold’s evolution has FLETCHER™ using advanced rocket-guidance technology to utilize ground-based launch platforms, meeting the demands of modern, vehicle-mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare.
FLETCHER™’s unique design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment. It employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads, already used in well-known programs and readily available to global forces. FLETCHER™ can engage targets at ranges of up to 5km, with equivalent laser target designation ranges, giving land forces a capability previously only available with the employment of air or aviation assets.
Following exceptional levels of international interest, Arnold Defense™ is developing a number of supplementary ground and maritime-based concepts. These exciting new concepts will expand FLETCHER™’s utility into the arena of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), naval and littoral platforms.
FLETCHER™ is supported by a team of global defense industry companies, collaborating under Arnold Defense™’s leadership to combine their complimentary expertise.
Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense™ said “Since launching FLETCHER™, Arnold Defense™ has exhibited the system widely on the international market, where it has garnered significant interest, especially from military special operations units. Our rocket launchers are already well-established internationally on airborne platforms, so transitioning into the land and marine environments with FLETCHER™ has been a natural progression and will provide these forces with a completely new capability.”
He added: “We are delighted to be showcasing FLETCHER™ at this year’s Global Force Symposium. Arnold’s development of FLETCHER™ demonstrates our commitment to driving the innovation critical to support the U.S. Army Operating Concept and the delivery of force transformation for Force 2025 and beyond.”