Defence Research and Development Canada has signed a contract to receive multi-shot accessory under-barrel launchers (MAUL) along with ammunition from Metal Storm.

The MAUL is an ultra-light, 12 gauge, five shot, semi-automatic shotgun designed to deliver shotgun capabilities for non-lethal and lethal munitions.

MAUL fits under the barrel of individual combat weapons and can be instantly reloaded with door-breaching or less lethal munitions by swapping the munition tube, providing soldiers with another barrel if needed.

Deliveries of the three MAUL weapons will be completed in March 2010.