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”.