Saab has secured a contract from the Austrian Armed Forces to supply ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.

Manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics, the Carl-Gustaf is an 84mm, reusable, shoulder-fired, multi-role recoilless rifle.

It is designed to help troops effectively engage rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun attacks from ranges of 900m and beyond.

Deliveries of the system are scheduled to take place between 2016 and 2017.

Saab ground combat business unit head Torbjörn Saxmo said: "The Carl-Gustaf is a world-leading weapon system which has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments as a versatile, powerful tool for the infantry soldier."

"The Carl-Gustaf is a world-leading weapon system."

Operated by a two-man crew, the weapon also supports gunnery and combat training objectives, with sub-calibre trainers, full-calibre practice rounds, and simulators.

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Carl-Gutsaf is currently used by 40 countries across the globe, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Germany, Malaysia, the US, and the UK.

The company has delivered successive upgrades to the weapon in order to meet changing user requirements.

In June, Saab received a contract from the European Defence Agency (EDA) to supply Carl-Gustaf ammunition to five agency member states.

In March, the firm secured a contract to continue supplying Carl-Gustaf components to an undisclosed customer.

Image: A Carl-Gustav recoilless rifle. Photo: courtesy of Soldatnytt.