Swiss Army to receive NLAW systems from Saab


Swiss procurement agency Armasuisse has placed an order with Saab for its next-generation light anti-tank weapon system (NLAW).

Under the SEK1.035bn ($121.5m) order, Saab will deliver the NLAW weapon systems to the Swiss Army.

The order also covers associated training equipment, such as drill rounds, indoor training simulators, and support and maintenance.

Deliveries under the deal will begin in 2018 and continue until 2021.

Saab Dynamics business area head Görgen Johansson said: “The Swiss customer has conducted a detailed, competitive evaluation incorporating both theoretical analyses and live firing tests, and we are proud to be able to say that NLAW came out as the winner.

“This order, as well as the framework contract, reaffirms NLAW’s capabilities against the threat from modern main battle tanks and armoured vehicles on today’s battlefield.”

"This order, as well as the framework contract, reaffirms NLAW’s capabilities against the threat from modern main battle tanks and armoured vehicles on today’s battlefield."

The NLAW features an overflying top attack mode that allows it to target the weakest areas of tanks, including the roof turret and overlying chassis components.

The 13kg, shoulder-launched missile system combines the simplicity of light anti-armour weapons with the advantages of heavy, crew-operated guided missile systems, Saab stated.

Suitable for dismounted light forces operating in urban areas, the operator can fire the weapon system from inside a building, providing maximum cover.

Using NLAW, a single soldier can destroy a heavily protected main battle tank with only one shot at a range from 20m to 800m, according to the statement.


Image: The NLAW is an anti-tank missile system that is capable of attacking the tank from above. Photo: courtesy of Saab.