Arnold Defense is showing for the first time its Fletcher vehicle-mounted 2.75in laser-guided rocket system integrated onto a Supacat LRV 600 platform (Supacat Stand N9-360).
Other members of its team include Military Systems Group, Nammo and Supacat, with more contractors expected to join in the future. The team aims to provide potential customers with a full systems approach, which would include design and integration through to testing, validation and manufacture into ammunition and through-life support.
According to Jim Hager, president and CEO of Arnold Defense: ‘‘Further development work is required, but if all goes well we are expecting to have the system ready for sale towards the end of 2018.’’ The Fletcher weapon system includes the platform, pods of four 2.75in laser-guided rockets and a laser designator.
The rockets can be supplied with different types of warhead including high-explosive, to enable a wide range of targets to be engaged with a precision effect at ranges of around 5km.
Targets could be designated by the platform itself or by another platform, unmanned aerial vehicle or helicopter.
While the concept demonstrator is based on the Supacat LRV 600 platform, the design is such that it can be integrated onto a variety of other platforms, tracked and wheeled, as well as potentially marine and littoral platforms.
Since 1961, Arnold Defense has manufactured more than 1.1 million 2.75in rocket launchers for the USA and many overseas customers. These include the M260 (seven-round) and M261 (19-round) used by US Army helicopters and the thermal-coated LAU-68 (seven-round) and LAU-61 (seven-round) digital rocket launchers used by the US Navy.