Arnold Defense Introduces Air Platform-mounted Rocket Launchers to the Middle East Defense Market at the Dubai Airshow 2017

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Dubai, November 12, 2017:  Arnold Defense, the US St Louis-based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, is displaying its new, ultra-light LWL-XII and M260 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon Systems at the Dubai Airshow, United Arab Emirates, November 12-16, 2017.

Arnold Defense is the world’s largest supplier of rocket launchers and the Company has manufactured more than 1.1 million 2.75-inch rocket launchers since 1961 for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and many NATO customers. The Company designs and manufactures 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.

Arnold Defense’s rocket launchers are designed and built with combat-proven technology and they comply with stringent U.S. airworthiness and safety standards. The Company’s products include the new, ultra-light LWL-XII (on display on stand 1584) that weighs just over 60 pounds (27 kg) empty . Other core products include the 7-round M260 (on display on stand 945, C13)and 19-round M261 commonly used by U.S. Army helicopters; the thermal coated 7-round LAU-68 variants and LAU-61 Digital Rocket Launcher used by the U.S. Navy; and the 7-round LAU-131 and SUU-25 flare dispenser used by the U.S. Air Force.

Traditionally, 2.75-inch rocket systems have been used as an area suppression weapon, ordinarily deployed by aviation assets. The Arnold Defense team is currently developing the FLETCHER smart, laser-guided 4 round launcher, which will be available in 2018. A special forces vehicle mounted FLETCHER prototype, unveiled at DSEI and AUSA this year, utilizes the advancement of laser guided rocket technology to meet the modern demands of air, land and marine-based, mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces.

Jim Hager, President and CEO of Arnold Defense said “Arnold Defense is exceedingly well established in the air environment with our rocket systems being used on air platforms globally, so we are very excited to have our combat-proven technology on display at the Dubai Airshow”.

“We are inherently committed to manufacturing the world’s most reliable and affordable rocket launchers. Through our innovation, integrity, dedication, technical expertise and customer-first focus, we continue to produce the very best rocket launchers in the world.

“Working together, we protect today’s warfighters, just as we have for the last half-century.”

See Arnold Defense’s rocket launchers on these stands, where Arnold Defense staff will be on hand to explain their systems to visitors and specific briefings/interviews can be facilitated, by appointment:

  • Arnold Defense M260 LWL is on display on the AAL Group (Airfreight Aviation Limited)/Lima Aviation LLC, stand 945, C13
  • See the Arnold Defense LWL-XII on the Bin Hilal Enterprises, stand 1584

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