AUSA 2018: Arnold Defense FLETCHER 70mm laser guided rocket system
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Arnold Defense has developed the FLETCHER, a new generation of 70 mm laser guided rocket launcher system that can be easily integrated on combat vehicle,UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) or small boat, to meet the modern demands of land-based, vehicle mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare, for special and conventional forces. Visit Arnold Defense at AUSA 2018, Association of United States Army defense exhibition that takes place in Washington D.C. from the 8 to 10 October 2018.
Concept of Arnold Defense Fletcher 70mm rocket launcher system mounted on UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle (Picture source Arnold Defense)
Following the exceptional levels of interest expressed in the new FLETCHER Laser Guided Rocket Launcher system, Arnold Defense has been exploring a number of exciting ground and maritime-based concepts for their revolutionary new system.
The FLETCHER system, first unveiled a year ago in London at DSEI defense exhibition, has undergone highly successful test-firing and has now 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.
Thewider 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 considerablywider 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 giftmaritime troopsa 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: “These exciting new concepts will afford both land and maritime troops a transformational capability that has not previously been available without recourse to external air or aviation assets.”