AMMAN (Jordan), May 9, 2018, Author: Bm News Team, Photo: Arnold Defense
The US St Louis based international manufacturer and supplier of 2.75-inch rocket launchers, Arnold Defense, is presenting its new concept named the “FLETCHER” 2.75-inch/70mm Weapon System at the Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX), which is taking place at the moment in Amman (Jordan) from 8th to 10th May 2018. At SOFEX, the FLETCHER Laser Guided Rocket Launcher System is exhibited on the Oshkosh Defense stand A609. For the very first time it is displayed there on an Oshkosh Defense® Special Purpose All-Terrain Vehicle (S-ATV), announced from the company on 8th May 2018 in a press release statement.
FLETCHER is a fully integrated weapon system that can be mounted on land-based military vehicles and, potentially, marine and littoral platforms. The system can engage targets at ranges up to 3.1 miles (about 5 km), which is a capability that was previously not available for land forces without the deployment of air assets. Its unique design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment in support of combat operations.
“FLETCHER is a very exciting new development for Arnold Defense and our team partners. Our rocket launchers are already well-established on airborne platforms internationally. Transitioning onto the land (on both vehicular and dismounted roles) and also into marine environments, with FLETCHER, is a natural progression for us and will provide these forces with a completely new capability,” said the President and CEO of Arnold Defense, Jim Hager.
Under Arnold’s leadership, the FLETCHER laser-guided rocket system has been developed by a team of global defense industry companies that provided a full-system approach to FLETCHER ranging from design, validation, testing, manufacture and full system integration on a variety of land and maritime applications.
According to Jim Hager the FLETCHER system is expected to be ready for sale towards the end of this year.
The photo shows Arnold Defense FLETCHER laser guided rocket launcher fitted to an Oshkosh S-ATV at SOFEX 2018.