Saab receives new orders for Carl-Gustaf weapon system

5 November 2012 (Last Updated November 5th, 2012 03:45)

Saab has received new delivery orders from an undisclosed customer to provide additional ammunition components for the Carl-Gustaf M3 version man-portable weapon system.

US Army Special Forces

Saab has received new delivery orders from an undisclosed customer to provide additional ammunition components for the Carl-Gustaf M3 version man-portable weapon system.

The Skr313m ($47m) contract includes options to place further delivery orders of about Skr150m ($22.5m), during the 2012-2013 period.

Business area Dynamics head Tomas Samuelsson said: "This is very positive and it further proves the capability of the Carl-Gustaf system which until now has been exported to more than 40 customers around the world."

The Carl-Gustaf is an 84mm reusable, shoulder-fired multi-role recoilless rifle designed to help troops effectively engage with enemy rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and machine gun attacks from ranges of 900m and further.

"This is very positive and it further proves the capability of the Carl-Gustaf system which until now has been exported to more than 40 customers around the world."

Fired from standing, kneeling, sitting or inclined positions, the system is used as a viable anti-armour weapon against stationary targets at distances of 700m, but proves less effective on moving targets due to a relatively low speed of the projectile.

The weapon is operated by a two-man crew in armour-piercing and anti-personnel operations using high explosives, as well as smoke and illumination rounds to defeat ground threats in all environments.

Features include a main tube with a breech-mounted Venturi recoil damper, a shoulder-mount and iron sights, luminous front and rear sight inserts, as well as an image intensification system for aiming during night or in low-visibility conditions.

Carl-Gustaf is also used by forces from the US, UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Sweden, Germany and Malaysia.

Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to be carried out between 2012 and 2013.


Image: US Army Special Forces during training with the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle in Iraq. Photo: courtesy of Spc William Hatton (US Army).