First order for FLETCHER Laser Guided Rocket Launcher announced
Arnold Defense has announced the receipt of the first order for its FLETCHER Land Based, Laser Guided Rocket Launcher. The FLETCHER 2.75"/70mm weapon system was first unveiled just 18 months ago at DSEi in London. Since the launch, FLETCHER has been showcased at a number of international exhibitions, generating levels of interest whilst Arnold Defense have continued with an ongoing development and investment programme to broaden and prove the system’s capability.
With FLETCHER, Arnold Defense has made a bold departure from the traditional concept of use for 2.75" rocket systems; that of an area suppression weapon delivered by aviation assets.
Arnold’s evolution has FLETCHER using advanced rocket-guidance technology to utilise ground-based launch platforms, meeting the demands of modern, vehicle-mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare.
FLETCHER’s design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustainment. It employs an existing suite of guidance modules, rockets and warheads, already used in well-known programmes and readily available to global forces. FLETCHER is supported by a team of global defence industry companies, collaborating under Arnold Defense’s leadership to combine their expertise.
The first customer for the FLETCHER system, who cannot yet be disclosed, has committed to purchasing FLETCHER due to the system’s ability to accurately engage targets at a range of over 5km, with a 100% hit rate in recent test-firings. This first order is for an initial batch of launchers, with a larger order expected to follow once successful user trials and demonstrations have been completed.
Mike Brown, Vice President and COO of Arnold Defense said: “Given that the FLETCHER concept was unveiled to the public only 18 months ago, Arnold Defense is delighted to have signed what we anticipate to be the first of many contracts for the supremely capableFLETCHER surface-based rocket launcher.”
He added: “FLETCHER has generated huge interest globally with its unique capability to deliver organic, long-range precision firepowerto even the smallest tactical element. It is great to see serious international interest now developing into firm orders.”