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Saab receives component delivery contract for Carl-Gustaf system

7 December 2012

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Saab has been awarded a contract modification for the delivery of additional ammunition components for the Carl-Gustaf M3 man-portable weapon system to an undisclosed customer.

The new Skr156m ($23.63m) order has been placed under an option provided along with a previous Skr313m ($47m) contract that was secured by the company in October 2012.

Saab Business Area Dynamics head Tomas Samuelsson said the Carl-Gustaf serves as an important part of many defence systems worldwide.

''The system has been further developed for decades in order to meet new demands,'' Samuelsson added.

Manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics, the Carl-Gustaf is an 84mm reusable, shoulder-fired multirole recoilless rifle designed to help troops effectively engage with enemy rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and machine gun attacks from ranges of 900m and beyond.

The system, which can be fired from standing, kneeling, sitting or inclined positions, is employed as a viable anti-armour weapon against stationary targets at distances of 700m, but proves less effective on moving targets due to the relatively low speed of the projectile.

A two-man crew can operate the weapon in armour-piercing and anti-personnel operations using high explosives (HE), as well as smoke and illumination rounds for destruction of a broad spectrum of ground-based threats in all environments.

The weapon is also capable of supporting the gunnery and combat training objectives by offering sub-calibre trainers, full-calibre practice rounds and simulators.

Carl-Gustaf initially entered service with Swedish military in 1948 and is currently used by approximately 40 countries worldwide, including the armed forces of the United States, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Germany and Malaysia.

Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place in 2013.


Image: The 84mm ammunition used for Carl Gustav. Photo courtesy of Spike78.