Saab has received a contract to supply Roquette Nouvelle Generation (Roquette NG) shoulder-launched weapon systems to the French Armed Forces.
Awarded by the French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the contract is valued at SEK295m ($39.1m), but will reach a maximum ceiling of SEK2.05bn ($272.1m) if all options are exercised.
The deal is a multistage agreement comprising one fixed element and eight consecutive options from 2015 to 2024, and also covers integrated logistics and support packages with an extensive training suite, including deliveries of outdoor training simulators.
Saab business area Dynamics head Gorgen Johansson said: "This procurement is currently the single most important programme on the global market in the disposable shoulder-launched product segment.
"The French requirements are comprehensive and exacting, and we are proud that DGA has chosen Saab for this important contract."
A part of Saab’s AT4CS family, the next-generation weapons systems are scheduled to be used by all three branches of the French armed forces, the army, air force and navy.
Saab will supply three AT4CS variants, including AT4CS anti-armour extended range (ER), AT4CS anti-structure and breaching (AST), and AT4CS high-explosive anti-personnel (HE), which provide multipurpose direct-fire support with confined space capabilities.
The weapons are part of Saab Dynamics’ modular 84mm product range, including the Carl-Gustaf multipurpose re-loadable system.
The company has partnered with Nexter Munitions for engineering and logistics support throughout the programme, which seeks to replace the French Army’s existing Eryx system.
Johansson added: "A French industrial base is very important for Saab to be able to offer optimal products and services to the French customer."
The delivery schedule remains undisclosed.
Image: The Roquette NG weapons systems will be used by all three branches of the French Armed Forces. Photo: courtesy of Saab AB.