The order, covering multiple ammunition types for the Carl-Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle system known in the US as M3 MAAWS (multi-role, anti-armor, anti-personnel weapon system), is placed under the terms of a contract originally announced by the Department of Defense in August 2014, which covers a five-year contract period that lets the customer place orders up to US$187 million.
Görgen Johansson, senior vice president and head of Saab’s business area dynamics, said, "We are pleased to see that the DoD keeps investing in the Carl-Gustaf system, and we are proud to provide them with our world-leading Carl-Gustaf ammunition."
The Carl-Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle is a combat-proven system capable of operating in demanding environments that provides soldiers with clear overmatch capability needed to dominate in the battlespace.
"It is clear evidence of the customer’s trust in us and in the capabilities of our products," Johansson said.
The system has been regularly modernised and enhanced to meet users’ changing needs. The latest version, the Carl-Gustaf M4 (designated M3E1 in the US), reduces the launcher weight from 10 kilograms to less than seven kilograms, among several other improvements.
"With the system now also being fielded in greater numbers to light infantry units in multiple theatres, the mission flexibility provided by multiple munition types available to the operator are delivering great agility and capability to the warfighter," said Erik Smith, president and CEO of Saab Defense and Security USA.
Employing a wide range of ammunition types, the Carl-Gustaf system allows soldiers to defeat multiple threat types; from neutralising armoured vehicles to clearing obstacles and structures.