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Arnold Defense introduces FLETCHER to the US defense market at the AUSA exhibition, Washington DC

October 4, 2017

 

Arnold Defense, the St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is unveiling a concept named the “FLETCHER” 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System at AUSA. FLETCHER can be mounted on land-based military vehicles as well as, potentially, marine and littoral platforms. First unveiled at DSEi, London in September, the US launch of the FLETCHER concept coincides with the AUSA Exhibition taking place in Washington DC, 9—11 October 2017.

The FLETCHER concept is supported by a team of global defense industry companies working together 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 and integration through testing, validation and manufacture into ammunition and through-life support.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. The team has turned this concept on its head with the advancement of laser guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, vehicle mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces.

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 3.1 miles, giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets.

Currently in the final stages of development, the FLETCHER system will not be available to be viewed at AUSA. However, Arnold staff will be on hand to explain the system to visitors and specific briefings can be facilitated, by appointment.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “FLETCHER is an exciting new development for Arnold Defense and our team partners. We’re already exceedingly well established in the air environment with our rocket systems being used on air platforms globally. Moving that success into the land environment with our 2.75-inch rocket systems fitted to wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as in a dismounted role, will provide ground forces with an entirely new capability”. He added: “following the huge amount of interest we received when we launched FLETCHER in London last month, there is now further development work required. But, if all goes well, we’re expecting to have the system ready for sale towards the end of 2018”.

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Alcon launches new CIR55 brake caliper into the US defense market at the AUSA exhibition, Washington DC

October 4, 2017

 

Alcon Components Ltd, the acclaimed global motorsport brake and clutch company, has launched a brand new bespoke armoured vehicle brake caliper at AUSA. First unveiled to the European and wider global markets at the DSEi exhibition, London in September, the new CIR55 has been designed and developed to fit 8×8 type military vehicles operating at 30-40+ tonne GVM. Now offered to the US defense and security market, this caliper allows OEM’s, fleet managers, maintainers and vehicle modification companies to fit an off-the-shelf, military special brake system. The CIR55 significantly increases braking performance and reduces both weight and cost in comparison to existing alternatives.

Intended as a direct alternative to the current defense industry standard twin-caliper arrangement, the newly launched CIR55 brake Caliper features a custom designed eight-piston, four-pad configuration with an option for either 60mm or 64mm pistons. The caliper can be used on disc sizes between 400mm and 410mm and the centre split design allows caliper variants to be available for a variety of disc thicknesses. The fully hanging, high friction pads are fitted with an anti-rattle system and the caliper and seals are protected to cope with the harsh military environment.

Alcon expect the caliper to be used in a single-fit per wheel station configuration with a total of 8 calipers in use on a typical 8×8 armoured vehicle. It is also expected that the CIR55 could be used on heavy 6×6 and 4×4 military vehicles, where appropriate. The immediate benefits on offer are a weight reduction in the region of 50kg per vehicle, a cost reduction and improved cooling. The specific performance benefits when directly compared to the current market leading single-fit caliper solutions are: 11.5% larger piston area; 34% more pad area; 33% additional torque capacity; and all delivered with a 7% weight saving. The smaller swept profile of the CIR55 also means it can be fitted into a tighter space envelope.

The brake was developed in cooperation with AxleTech International, whose extensive experience in the design, manufacturing and application of military products, contributed to an optimal design. The brake is planned to be offered as part of AxleTech`s brake portfolio under the Hydraulic Disc Brake family HD860 series.

Visitors to the AUSA exhibition will be able to view the Alcon CIR55/AxleTech HD860 brake among AxleTech’s products on stand 7936 at the show, taking place in Washington DC, 9-11 October 2017. Alcon staff will also be in attendance and will be available for meetings, on appointment.

Already firmly established in the light to medium military vehicle marketplace, Alcon braking solutions have been sought out by some of the world’s finest Special Forces vehicle manufacturers. Amongst other key defence players, Supacat, the designers of the Jackal vehicle, BAe, Ricardo and Jankel have turned to Alcon to obtain bespoke, tailored braking systems that fully meet the demanding requirements of the challenging, high-performance, modern-day battlefield. The development of the CIR55 is a step-change in Alcon’s strategy and will see them move up into the heavy end of the military vehicle market.

Jonathan Edwards, Sales Director at Alcon said: “we enjoyed a significant amount interest from some of the world’s leading heavy wheeled armoured vehicle manufacturers when we unveiled this new caliper at DSEi, London in September. The natural progression is for us to now show our new product to the US market at AUSA”. He added: “We’re taking the US markets, including motorsport, automotive and defense, very seriously and we have plans in place to considerably expand our footprint in USA so we can offer US-based volume production of our wide range of defense products, as well as our products on offer in other sectors”.

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Kent Periscopes attends the AUSA exhibition, Washington DC, 9-11 October 2017

October 4, 2017

Kent Periscopes, the North Wales, UK based international supplier of unity vision periscopes, vehicle sights and related equipment for military armoured fighting vehicles, will be attending the Association of the United States Army Exhibition, Washington DC, 9-11 October 2017.

Of interest to the US market and recently seen at the DSEi exhibition in London last month, was the Straight Biocular Display. Comprising of the latest display screen and lens arrangement, the Biocular Viewer gives excellent relaxed viewing for Armoured Fighting Vehicle drivers. The display can be supplied in isolation or as part of the Kent Embedded Image Periscope (EIP) System.

Kent are actively promoting the SABRE Thermal Image Gunner/Commander Sight into the US defense market, attractive to several potential US upgrade programmes. As well, the SABRE Narrow Gunners Sight, a derivative of the SABRE family of sights, having been designed as a compact, low cost reversionary Sight with a Day-Only channel, will also be of interest. This sight still allows the gunner to accurately aim the weapon if the main turret sighting system has failed or if electrical power to the turret is lost. Finally, Kent market a range of Embedded Image Periscope Systems, with various sensor options which can include a combination of Colour Day CCD, Thermal Imager, Low Light Sensor or Shortwave Infrared (SWIR).

Kent Periscopes’ sighting and observation solutions are sought out by some of the world’s best armoured vehicle manufacturers, procurers, maintainers and users. Kent’s product and service capabilities include unity vision periscopes, an innovative range of Embedded Image Periscopes (EIPs), the popular and flexible range of Sabre Gunner/Commander sights, the Passive Driver’s Periscope (PDP), Vision Blocks and a range of other related equipment and services for armoured fighting vehicles. Kent also have a dedicated spares and repairs facility with the ability to refurbish periscopes and legacy sighting systems. Kent have won contracts with major vehicle OEM’s primes and integrators across the globe including in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. In UK, Kent are supplying periscopes to General Dynamics and an auxiliary sight to Lockheed Martin for the UK Scout SV programme. They have also been selected to supply their Embedded Image Periscopes (EIP) to Lockheed Martin for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP).

Mark Batchelor, New Product and Business Development Director at Kent Periscopes said: “The US market is attractive to us as we have developed products and services here in UK that we think offer significant additional capability to US forces”. He added: “We’re not exhibiting at AUSA but we will have a team on the ground, so, if you’d like to arrange an appointment then we’d be happy to fix that in advance. Alternatively, we can arrange meetings on the day”.

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Chamois Consulting Ltd appoints Mary Ann Griffiths as Principal Consultant – PR and Media

September 28, 2017

Chamois Consulting announces that Mary Ann Griffiths is appointed to provide public relations and media support to the company’s defence and aerospace clients. Mary Ann has over 25 years’ experience in this field and has been working as an independent consultant since 2009. She joins Chamois Consulting as the company approaches its first anniversary and continues to expand.

As a Chamois Principal Consultant – PR and Media, Mary Ann is starting her work at Chamois by taking care of the Arnold Defense account. US-based electronics designer and manufacturer, Arnold Defense, recently hired Chamois to raise its profile and build on its international reputation as the supplier of the world’s most reliable rocket launchers.

Jamie Clarke, Director and Founder of Chamois Consulting commented: “When I realised the time had come to expand my team, Mary Ann was the very first person I approached. I was delighted when she accepted my offer and we’re welcoming her onboard at an important time as we approach AUSA, Washington DC in a few weeks”. He added: “I’ve started Mary Ann off working on our existing account with Arnold Defense but the plan is for her to also work with a few more clients, with whom we are close to signing contracts. Mary Ann brings a wealth of experience to add to an already strong line up here at Chamois and we’re all very excited about the future. Welcome to the team Mary Ann!”.

Mary Ann Griffiths added: “I was thrilled to be approached by Chamois and invited to contribute to the work of this dynamic and fast-growing consultancy. Jamie and I have worked together on various PR projects over the years and I’ve been inspired to see how Chamois has grown in leaps and bounds since its launch less than a year ago. This is a really exciting time to become part of the team and to start with the prestigious Arnold Defense account is an absolute honour. I am really looking forward to achieving the best possible results for them through intelligent and well-planned media communications.”

Arnold Defense introduces FLETCHER, a land vehicle mounted Laser Guided 2.75-inch Rocket Launcher concept at the 2017 DSEi Exhibition

August 31, 2017

Arnold Defense, a US St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is unveiling a concept named the “FLETCHER” 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System. FLETCHER can be mounted on land-based military vehicles as well as, potentially, marine and littoral platforms. The debut of the FLETCHER concept coincides with the DSEi Exhibition taking place in London, 12—15 September 2017.

The FLETCHER concept is supported by a team of global defense industry companies working together under Arnold’s leadership to combine their complimentary expertise. The full team composition has yet to be announced however, at this stage, Arnold are able to confirm the involvement of Military Systems Group, Nammo and Supacat. Working together, the team is able to provide a full-system approach to FLETCHER ranging from design and integration through testing, validation and manufacture into ammunition and through-life support.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. The team has turned this concept on its head with the advancement of guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, vehicle mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces.

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, motors 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 6.5km giving land forces capability that previously required the deployment of air assets.

Currently in the concept phase of development, a demonstrator fit of FLETCHER can be seen on the Supacat stand at DSEi (N9-360) mounted to the Supacat LRV 600, a lightweight special forces platform. Arnold staff will be on hand to explain the system to visitors and specific briefings can be facilitated, by appointment.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “FLETCHER is an exciting new development for Arnold Defense and our team partners. We’re already exceedingly well established in the air environment with our rocket systems being used on air platforms globally. Moving that success into the land environment with our 2.75-inch rocket systems fitted to wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as in a dismounted role, will provide ground forces with an entirely new capability”. He added: “there is further development work required but if all goes well, we’re expecting to have the system ready for sale towards the end of 2018”.