Australian Forces to Receive New Portable Missile System

21 February 2010 (Last Updated February 21st, 2010 18:30)

The Australian Army has awarded a contract to Sweden-based Bofors Dynamics to supply latest-model M3 Carl Gustaf 84mm rockets and launchers, according to Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Minister Greg Combet. Combet said the new weapons procured under the $10.3m contract would be u

The Australian Army has awarded a contract to Sweden-based Bofors Dynamics to supply latest-model M3 Carl Gustaf 84mm rockets and launchers, according to Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Minister Greg Combet.

Combet said the new weapons procured under the $10.3m contract would be used by the infantry, special forces and airfield defence guards of the Australian Air Force.

"Soldiers will appreciate the weight savings afforded by the M3 Carl Gustaf anti-armour weapon," Combet said.

The anti-armour missile system is used by several other armies including those of the US, Sweden, Austria, Canada and Germany, according to theaustralian.com.