Arnold Defense has been awarded a $53.8 million contract for the delivery of 2.75-inch rocket launchers and sub components to support the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force, along with foreign military sales to Australia. Recently announced by the U.S. Department of Defense, the contract includes options that, if exercised, will raise the cumulative total to $74.3 million over a 4-year period, with final delivery expected to be complete in 2023.
The Arnold Defense contract is for the delivery of a number of their core products; the 7-tube M260 and 19-tube M261 Hydra-70 Rocket Launchers used by U.S. Army helicopters; the 7-tube LAU-68 & LAU-131 series and 19-tube LAU-61 & LAU-130 series used by the U.S. Navy and Air Force; as well as various launcher sub-components such as Intervalometers and Tube Assemblies.
Today’s rocket launchers now include the ultra-light LWL-12 that weighs just over 60 pounds (27 kg.) empty and the new Fletcher four-round laser-guided rocket launcher. The LWL-12 is a new 12-round 2.75-inch (70 mm) rocket launcher that is designed to save weight while offering more firepower.
It is currently used on helicopters, but it can also be used aboard ground vehicles or sea-based platforms. It is 66.12 inches (167.94 cm) long and weighs 63 pounds (28.6 kg) empty. The Fletcher's advanced rocket-guidance technology makes it suitable for use on ground-based launch platforms to meet the demands of modern, vehicle-mounted and dismounted asymmetric warfare.
Arnold Defense, founded in 1945 and based in Arnold, Missouri, is the world's largest supplier of rocket launchers for military aircraft, vessels and vehicles. Since 1961 they have manufactured more than 1.1 million 2.75-inch rocket launchers for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and a number of NATO countries.
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