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Arnold Defense to exhibit at the Paris Airshow for the first time with the State of Missouri

June 13, 2019


Arnold Defense, the St Louis based manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, will be exhibiting for the first time at the Paris Airshow on the State of Missouri stand (Hall 3 #C-148). The 53rd International Paris Air Show will take place from 17 to 23 June 2019 at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget, a few kilometers North of Paris.

Arnold Defense will be showcasing the ultra-lightweight LWL-12 rocket launcher weighing in at just over 60 pounds (27 kg) empty.  The LWL-12 is a new 12-round 2.75-inch (70 mm) rocket launcher that is designed to save weight but also deliver more firepower. The LWL 12 launcher offers a lighter weight option to the M261 which is a 19-round 2.75-inch (70 mm) launcher primarily used on attack helicopters such as the Apache. The participation with the State of Missouri is a first for Arnold Defense.

Arnold Defense is the world’s largest supplier of rocket launchers for military aircraft, vessels and vehicles; they have manufactured more than 1.2 million 2.75-inch (70mm) rocket launchers since 1961 for the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of NATO customers.  They design and manufacture rocket launchers that can be customized for any size, weight, capacity or form factor for platforms in the air, on the ground or at sea.

The State of Missouri offers many assets for companies and has recently been recognized as one of the fastest growing States in the union for technical job opportunities. It can offer a business climate that encourages growth to a highly skilled workforce and offers exceptional transportation and infrastructure. Missouri offers a variety of unique business advantages. It is considered to be first in offering corporate facilities and has won 3 awards for corporate investment. As part of an ongoing program to promote the companies based in the State, the Paris Airshow is one of many international exhibitions the State have been present at this year. All of this has helped make the State of Missouri one of the top performing states for export.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “2019 has been a great year for Arnold Defense. Promoting our unique range of launchers at the prestigious Paris Airshow in collaboration with the State of Missouri, our home, will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase our continued innovation and dedication to providing only the best weapons systems to today’s modern warfighters”.

Meet the Arnold Defense team on stand # C-148 where you can see the LWL-12 and where Arnold Defense staff will be on hand to explain their systems to visitors and specific briefings and interviews can be facilitated.

Arnold Defense FLETCHER rocket launcher on display at SOFIC 2019 with Navistar Defense

May 21, 2019


Arnold Defense, the St Louis based manufacturer of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, will be at this year’s SOFIC exhibition taking place 20-23 May 2019 in Tampa, Florida. At the show, Arnold’s ground-based, laser guided rocket system, FLETCHER, can be seen on the Navistar Defense booth (No. 1248) mounted on their SOTV-B vehicle.

The FLETCHER system, first unveiled in 2017 at DSEi in London, has since undergone highly successful test-firing and with a first customer order now secured, Arnold has commenced initial low-rate production.  With FLETCHER, Arnold Defense has extended the utility of their proven, highly capable rocket launcher from aviation platforms into the land environment.  Using advanced rocket-guidance technology to meet the modern demands of land-based, mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, FLETCHER has been optimized for use by both special and conventional forces to provide surface-to-surface precision effect.

The wider concepts now being explored further expand FLETCHER’s utility into the arena of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), naval and littoral platforms.  The ability to mount FLETCHER on UGV will offer ground forces the capability to remotely support base or mobile defensive operations; giving considerably wider scope for the tactical siting of remotely operated, laser guided weapon systems, whilst significantly minimising exposure and risk to ground-based troops. Further to that, mounting FLETCHER on naval/littoral platforms will gift maritime troops a precision weapon system with a range of up to 5km that can be deployed and operated at a tactical level never previously available.

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 world-wide, especially from special operations units.  Our rocket launchers are already internationally well-established on airborne platforms, so transitioning into the land and marine environments with FLETCHER is a natural progression”. He added: “We recently announced the receipt of our first customer order for FLETCHER and we’re talking to a significant number of other users who we’re expecting to also place orders in the coming months. SOFIC is an ideal event to meet yet more potential buyers”.

See Arnold Defense’s FLETCHER on the Navistar booth No. 1248.

Spectra Group to exhibit at the SOFIC exhibition in Tampa Florida

May 20, 2019


Spectra Group (UK) Ltd will once again be exhibiting at this year’s SOFIC exhibition to be held from May 20 to 23 at the Tampa Convention centre in Florida. As a world leader and provider of high-grade information security and communication capabilities, Spectra have now secured over 3500 orders for the SlingShot systems across 4 continents.  The system is used by over 20 different organisations, in mostly NATO countries.  Globally, SlingShot is rapidly becoming the system of choice for tactical radio users needing increased range, Communications on the Move, flexibility and interoperability.  Taking part at this important showcase of Special Forces equipment further strengthens the group’s footprint in the North American market and beyond.

Spectra Group were recently announced as a winner of the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category for SlingShot and are proud to be part of the DIT DSO UK Pavilion which will also host 11 other companies from the UK. The pavilion’s booth number is 1122, Spectra can be found at pod number 9.

Designed to meet demanding Special Forces requirements, Spectra’s SlingShot system is a unique, low size, weight and power (SWaP) system that enables existing UHF and VHF tactical radios to extend their reach into the realm of Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Communications on the Move (COTM).  By utilising Inmarsat’s commercial L-band Tactical Satellite service (L-TAC), SlingShot allows a tactical net to be created over 1000s of kilometers to deliver a comprehensive range of tactical and operational network capabilities.

In Oct 2018, following contract successes in North America, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd established new offices in Fairfax County with Spectra Group (US) Inc.  Spectra Group’s permanent presence in the USA enables closer support for existing partners in North America, as well as dedicated product and service support directly to the end-user.  SlingShot was selected to participate in the US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) by the US DoD.

Simon Davies, CEO at Spectra Group (UK) Ltd said: “We’re receiving significant amounts of interest in our products and services across North America and also from around the globe so our attendance at SOFIC 2019 is another fantastic opportunity to meet customers old and new in the SF arena. SOFIC will also give us the opportunity to discuss with our customer base the advantages of our systems. Our team will be on hand and will be more than happy to discuss your requirements so please do make contact by visiting the DIT DSO UK Pavilion”.

Ducati Trioptions Cup, Round 2 – Oulton Park

May 8, 2019


Here is the round 2 race report from our Chamois sponsored rider, Richard Spencer-Fleet:

Having come home from Silverstone weeks before with very high spirits, the team set off to Oulton park looking to build on what had already been achieved. Having raced Oulton last season, we knew it was a physically demanding track and we struggled with arm pump previously.

The weekend weather was looking very uncertain and Qualifying didn’t go as well as planned. With the riders going onto the track the rain started, drizzling in areas and rain flags all over circuit.  Still having good pace in areas we qualified in 20th and I was keen to save myself and stay firmly focused for the race. Where it counts…

Race 1 – Had a great start from 20th was up into about 15th by turn one. I felt I was on for my first point! But pushing hard and hanging on I started to struggle again with arm pump. Then suddenly, at lodge corner I had a little slide (pictures show it all)  losing valuable positions. Looking down and around the bike I couldn’t see any fluids etc so continued the lap. I then had a slide again and I knew it was time to leave the track ..unfortunately the legend Pete crashed and the race was red flagged finishing in 22nd. Finishing where I did I was disappointed and still unsure for the slides. Tyre pressures checked and whilst in parc ferme we looked over the bike and couldn’t see any evidence of any fluids. Taking the positives from the race I had smashed my PB from previous year by nearly a second! And I was also fastest through the speed traps at clay hill and over the finish line, showing I have the speed, I just need to put it together.

A few hours later I was shown the pictures of the little slide, and we realised there was something wrong. The bike must have overheated and spat all its water out in one gulp. Thus causing the slide. Throughout the night, we stripped and rebuilt the bike and checked everything over in readiness for the warm up session in the morning. The next morning it was raining and we were still prepped to go test the bike, but the session was cancelled. So it was down to the race! Putting in a better time in race 1 allowed us to start from 18th on the grid in the race.

Race 2 – Having yet another great start, I found myself right in the mix into turn one. So far in the mix I found myself on the inside kerb with nowhere to go. Having to roll the throttle and lose some places. We settled into the race, battling it out with some fast riders. The first 3 laps I broke my PB again and felt good apart from lodge. Confidence there was lacking slightly and the riders were just able to gap me. Having put the fast laps in at the beginning I had a substantive lead over the riders behind, so I rode the last few laps with ease. Finishing the race in 21st setting a new PB was not to be grumbled at in this paddock.

Even with the bike and arm issues, I still came away with a smile, new personal bests and held fastest speeds in 2 of 4 sectors (at one point over the weekend). I’m now looking forward to Donington Park on the weekend 25th May.


Spectra Group to attend prestigious Satellite 2019

May 1, 2019


Spectra Group, UK and US-based communications specialists will be delivering full updates on their SlingShot technology and their participation in the US Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE 2019) at Satellite 2019, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre, Washington DC, 6-9th May 2019.  Satellite 2019 is this year’s largest and most important global connectivity technology event, drawing professionals from over 100 countries to Washington DC to access innovations in satellite technology, conduct business with strategic partners and help drive the future of the satellite industry.

Spectra is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems. Their US arm, Spectra Group (US) Inc, were selected for AEWE 2019 by the US DoD following impressive contract successes in the US. The AEWE, fielded by the US Army Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning, focuses on small unit modernization, providing capability developers, the Science and Technology (S&T) community, and industry with a repeatable, credible, rigorous, and validated operational experiment, supporting both concept and material development. The AEWE places cutting edge prototype technologies into the hands of soldiers, providing bottom up input to capability development through early and iterative feedback in a tactical setting.

Successfully utilised and evaluated in a range of operational scenarios by AEWE 2019, Spectra’s game-changing SlingShot is a unique, lightweight frequency conversion device that enables existing, in-service tactical military and commercial VHF/UHF radios to utilize commercial L-band satellites in a TacSat mode. The technology delivers BLOS Comms on the Move (COTM) with low-latency voice and data connectivity to radio networks for ground, vehicle, maritime or airborne platforms, with or without Type 1 or commercial grade encryption. SlingShot’s unique capability provides reliable communications between widely dispersed military forces and/or First Responders operating in austere environments, without the delay or logistical challenges of deploying additional infrastructure.

Simon Davies, President of Spectra Group US said: “Spectra will be attending Satellite 2019 to build on our success within a focused group of US DoD users, as well as to open up new opportunities and to meet the market demand in the United States.” He added “Our US office is fully open for business. Our participation at Satellite 2019 is a natural progression following our recent participation in the Global SOF Symposium where we were able to validate our continuing commitment to developing and delivering technologies that meet the exacting demands of US and international Special Forces’ requirements.

Spectra and SlingShot will be on display at Satellite 2019 in Booth #2319.