Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland (SBDS) has received two delivery contracts for the latest version of its mortar anti-personnel anti-material (MAPAM) systems to an undisclosed international customer.
With a combined value of Skr11.2m ($1.73m), the contracts cover development and initial supplies of several units of 60mm extended range (ER) MAPAM with proximity fuse and 81mm standard configuration MAPAMs.
Saab MAPAM area sales manager and product manager Kai Schlegel said the contracts represented a significant milestone for MAPAM, as both system types are new to the market.
"Now that SBDS has not only a new product with the 81mm, but is also able to provide different configurations e.g. extended range, for both calibres, a new market has been opened," Schlegel added.
Available in 60 mm and 81 mm calibres and optional fill, the MAPAM is an advanced mortar system designed to enhance the defence, mobility and safety of infantry soldiers in the battlefield.
Fully compatible with all in-service launchers and fuses, the system provides close combat deployment capabilities through enhanced attack capabilities in controlled area and clear separation of lethal, danger and safety-zones, while reducing inadvertent civilian damage and protecting troops.
The easy-to-handle system possesses high-mobility and significantly lowers logistic and storage costs due to insensitive munitions (IM) explosive status, less weight and enhanced effectiveness.
MAPAM is the mortar of choice for the customers due to new possibilities of configuration and calibres, in addition to simple adaptability to individual customer requirements.
Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place during 2013.