The European Defence Agency (EDA) has signed a multi-annual framework agreement with Saab Dynamics to supply different types of ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf recoilless anti-tank weapon.
As part of a procurement arrangement agreed between the EDA and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Poland in April 2013, the agreement will run for five years and includes two option years, and an estimated value of up to €50m.
Called the effective procurement methods (EPM) initiative, the arrangement makes the EDA the central purchasing body for Carl-Gustaf ammunition.
In addition, the agency will be in charge of managing the framework contract to fully exploit the effects of pooling demand.
EPM is a key pooling and sharing enabler that allows member states to optimise the effectiveness of their procurement by combining existing common requirements and translating them into joint procurement cases.
The initiative was seen as the best option by EDA member states to benefit from economies of scale, reduce operational costs, and improve spending efficiency.
Manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics, Carl-Gustaf is an 84mm reusable, shoulder-fired, multi-role recoilless rifle, designed to help troops effectively engage enemy rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and machine gun attacks from ranges of 900m and beyond.
Operated by a two-man crew, the weapon also supports gunnery and combat training objectives with sub-calibre trainers and full-calibre practice rounds and simulators.
The weapon is currently in use by the armed forces of 40 countries worldwide, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Germany, Malaysia and Sweden, as well as the US and UK.
Image: A soldier with the Carl-Gustaf recoilless anti-tank weapon. Photo: © European Defence Agency.