News & Media
September 25, 2018
Arnold Defense, the St Louis based international manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, will be showing their concept “FLETCHER” 2.75-inch/70mm weapon system at the Modern Day Marine (MDM) exposition, being held at the US Marine Corps Base Quantico, 25-27 September 2018.
The FLETCHER system, first unveiled a year ago at the London-based DSEi Exhibition, has undergone highly successful test-firing and has now commenced initial low-rate production. With FLETCHER, Arnold Defense has moved away from the traditional concept of use for 2.75-inch rocket systems, that of an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. FLETCHER uses advanced rocket-guidance technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare. Optimized for use by both special and conventional forces, FLETCHER can be mounted on land-based military vehicles as well as base defense platforms.
FLETCHER’s unique design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment. It employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads, already being used in well-known programs, and therefore 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 a capability previously only available by the employment of air assets.
The FLETCHER concept is supported by a team of global defense industry companies, collaborating under Arnold Defence’s leadership, to combine their complimentary expertise. Consequently the team is able to provide a full-system approach to FLETCHER, incorporating design, validation, testing, manufacture and full-system integration within a wide range of ground-to-ground engagement scenarios.
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 onto the land and marine environments with FLETCHER is a natural progression, and will provide these forces with a completely new capability.” He added: “FLETCHER is a hugely exciting new development for Arnold Defense and our team partners. We expect to have the FLETCHER system ready for sale towards the end of 2018”.
September 25, 2018
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Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, world leading provider of high-grade information security and communication capabilities, is connecting with wider global markets over the next few months, with their revolutionary SlingShot satellite communications systems.
Following on from their recent contract successes in UK and USA, Spectra Group are responding to increasing market interest by supporting their local sales partners and exhibiting at a selection of key global events including: GlobalSOF, Madrid (25th-27th Sept), Booth 4; AUSA, Washington (8th-10th) Oct, stand number 3138 and Africa Security Symposium, Dakar (7th-9th Nov). These events succeed Spectra’s recent attendance at Africa Endeavour (Cape Verde), Land Forces (Australia) and DVD (UK) where there was a considerable amount of interest shown in the capabilities Spectra are able to offer.
SlingShot is a unique system that enables UHF and VHF radios to work on L-Band Satellite frequency, allowing users to instantly extend the range of their communications equipment to BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight). Conceived and designed to meet demanding Special Forces requirements, SlingShot also offers a significant number of benefits for conventional forces, intelligence agencies and border patrols requiring secure, reliable and robust Communications On The Move (COTM) over great distances. Over 3000 SlingShot systems are in operation world-wide, used by 18 different organisations, including several NATO countries, as Manpack, Vehicle, Maritime and Aviation fits.
In addition to voice, SlingShot enables low latency data capability, supporting mission-critical applications such as artillery fire missions, situational awareness and biometric analysis. With reduced cost compared to traditional TACSAT, increased channel availability, and almost no increase in the training requirement, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications. Spectra currently has a strategic relationships with Inmarsat, whose L-TAC™ service exclusively uses SlingShot.
If you would like to arrange an appointment at any of the future events listed, please do get in touch with the team here at Spectra Group. We’d be very happy to help.
September 25, 2018
Luxfer Gas Cylinders, the most trusted name for high-pressure gas cylinders worldwide and the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminum alloy cylinders, will hold the European launch of their highly acclaimed ECLIPSE cylinder at the Congres NATIONAL DES SAPEURS-POMPIERS 2018, taking place in Bourg-en-Bresse 26 – 29 September 2018.
Luxfer’s launch of the ECLIPSE cylinder at the U.S. FDIC exhibition in April was received with global acclaim. ECLIPSE is an acronym for Extra-lightweight Cylinders by Luxfer for Industry Professionals in SCBA Environments. Renowned for being at the forefront of technology and for their innovative products, Luxfer pioneered the first significant SCBA (Self-contained Breathing Apparatus) cylinder design change in over twenty years; resulting in the ECLIPSE being the world’s lightest composite cylinder for SCBA. The cylinders are based on a next-generation aerospace-grade carbon fibre-only overwrap design; reinforcing the cylinder’s lightweight aluminum liner while maintaining the highest safety, reliability and durability standards and remaining compliant with all industry standards.
This latest weight-saving design enhances performance and minimizes weight-related health risks for firefighters, emergency personnel and SCBA industry professionals. The ECLIPSE is up to 20 percent lighter than comparable aluminum-lined (Type 3) composite cylinders and up to 3 percent lighter than plastic-lined (Type 4) cylinders used primarily in Europe.
Professor Denise Smith, Director of the Skidmore College (U.S.) First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory and a global expert on firefighter health, commented: “With cardiac events currently the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths, firefighters and SCBA manufacturers should embrace opportunities to decrease the cardiovascular strain associated with firefighting. Significantly decreasing the weight of the SCBA cylinder while retaining the same level of respiratory protection suggests that Luxfer ECLIPSE will become the new de facto standard in the SCBA industry.”
Luxfer are delighted to be able to mark the European launch of their ECLIPSE Cylinder at the Congres NATIONAL DES SAPEURS-POMPIERS 2018. The Exhibition will allow Luxfer to showcase how the ECLIPSE cylinder represents is a step-change in SCBA design and capability that gives SCBA professionals the opportunity to operate with more comfort and freedom, whilst retaining enhanced levels of safety and capability.
To see the Luxfer ECLIPSE cylinders and other Luxfer products, visit Stand M19, Hall Bugey, 41 Rue de Lagnieu and also visit: Luxfer website
September 19, 2018
Luxfer, the most trusted name for high-pressure gas cylinders worldwide and the world’s largest manufacturer of high-pressure composite and aluminium cylinders, will be show-casing several their highly acclaimed ECLIPSE cylinders on Interspiro’s stand (D71) at the Emergency Services Show (ESS) taking place at Birmingham NEC on 19/20th September.
Interspiro, which develops premium respiratory protection and equipment for firefighting, emergency escape, diving and rescue operations, has been using Luxfer self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and life-support cylinders for over 15 years. The company supplies military, police, industries, shipping companies and rescue services all over the world with exceptional products for extreme situations. Luxfer is the world’s most widely used cylinder brand for these applications, with their products designed and tested to meet or exceed all applicable global standards.
Luxfer’s launch of the ECLIPSE cylinder at the US FDIC exhibition in April was received with global acclaim. ECLIPSE is an acronym for Extra-lightweight Cylinders by Luxfer for Industry Professionals in SCBA Environments. Renowned for being at the forefront of technology and for their innovative products, Luxfer pioneered the first significant SCBA cylinder design change in over twenty years; resulting in the ECLIPSE being the world’s lightest composite cylinder for SCBA. The cylinders are based on a next-generation aerospace-grade carbon fibre-only overwrap design; reinforcing the cylinder’s lightweight aluminium liner while maintaining the highest safety, reliability and durability standards.
The ECLIPSE cylinder represents a step-change in SCBA design and capability, allowing SCBA professionals to operate with more comfort and freedom, whilst retaining enhanced levels of safety and capability. This latest weight-saving design enhances performance and minimizes weight-related health risks for firefighters, emergency personnel and SCBA industry professionals. The ECLIPSE is up to 20 percent lighter than comparable aluminium-lined (Type 3) composite cylinders and up to 3 percent lighter than plastic-lined (Type 4) cylinders used primarily in Europe. No sacrifice has been made in strength, durability or safety, while remaining compliant with all industry standards.
Luxfer are very proud to have the ECLIPSE cylinders on display with Interspiro – a highly respected company to whom they have been supplying cylinders for almost two decades. To see the Luxfer ECLIPSE cylinders, visit Interspiro at Stand D71, and also visit www.luxfer.com/cylinders.
September 17, 2018
Jankel, a world-leader in the design and manufacture of high-specification defence, security and NGO vehicles and protection systems, is launching an exciting new addition to their FOX range of tactical vehicles. Having partnered with NSV and MDT, Jankel are now able to offer 6×6 variants of their Toyota-based FOX vehicles. The new FOX variants utilise the Multi-drive 6×6 technology, originally developed in Australia and built by NSV. This launch coincides with the Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) event taking place on 19/20 September 2018 at Millbrook, where Jankel will be exhibiting their capabilities on stand number OR-12.
The new 6×6 FOX variants benefit from increased payload and capacity whilst maintaining the mobility and tactical fighting capability already well-proven with the 4×4 configurations. Using NSV experience and Multi-drive technology, Jankel can deliver an all-wheel drive solution that has been proven over years of durability testing and in-service use with mining, exploration and government organisations. The 6×6 FOX has a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 6,300kg and offers a significant and configurable payload of up to 3,000kg. The increased vehicle length also delivers additional user payload and operational space. Both the 6×6 and 4×4 FOX variants carry as standard a crew of 3 or 4 and can achieve speeds of up to 96mph/155kmh at maximum GVW. Available in both Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser 79 series base platforms, this new addition to the FOX family increases the role and variant flexibility on offer to the user whilst maintaining automotive and logistic cross-fleet commonality. As already proven, the Fox vehicle is capable of withstanding the roughest treatment in the harshest of environments.
Jankel has successfully developed their business model in recent years to become a company that delivers fully engineered tactical and military vehicles, with the benefits of matching a range of highly capable COTS chassis systems. In 2015, Jankel was awarded a contract by the Belgium Ministry of Defence (BeMOD) to supply over 100 FOX 4×4 Rapid Reaction Vehicles (RRV).
At DVD, as well as the extended 6×6 base platform for the FOX, Jankel will be presenting a range of Toyota-based options including a Civilian Armoured Vehicle (CAV) Land Cruiser 200 (LC200) series and a Fox RRV-x, alongside a Mercedes Benz UNIMOG that is used as the base drive train for the Light Troop Transport Vehicle (LTTV) currently being developed for the Belgian Ministry of Defence. With the Armoured LC200 CAV, Jankel will be show-casing specialist upgrades delivering higher protection levels, including innovative security and safety technologies.
Sam Foreman, Head of Sales at Jankel said: “the new 6×6 FOX variants are an important addition to our growing vehicle family. Payload and capacity are high-value assets to the war-fighter so offering users increased capability whilst maintaining the levels of mobility and fleet commonality is a key step for our existing and future users.” He added: “Our partnership with NSV and MDT is fundamental to the success of this new 6×6 variant as with this partnership comes well-proven, reliable technology that can be integrated into our existing 4×4 designs”.