Saab to continue Carl-Gustaf weapon supplies to USSOCOM

28 August 2014 (Last Updated August 28th, 2014 18:30)

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has signed a new framework contract with Saab for the supply of its Carl-Gustaf recoilless anti-tank weapon.

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The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has signed a new framework contract with Saab for the supply of its Carl-Gustaf recoilless anti-tank weapon.

The deal, which is a follow-on agreement to a previous five-year contract for the weapon, allows the USSOCOM to place orders for weapons and ammunition up to a total value of SEK1.3bn ($187m) over the next five years.

Saab senior vice-president and Dynamics business area head Gorgen Johansson said: "This is another great milestone for Saab and the Carl-Gustaf system.

"This new order demonstrates the continued belief by the customer in the capabilities and versatility of our product, as well as its future potential."

Saab Defense and Security USA president and chief executive officer Lars Borgwing said: "The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments and it is a versatile, powerful tool for the soldier.

"The fact that the system is also being fielded to US Army light infantry combat teams speaks for itself."

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.

"The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments and it is a versatile, powerful tool for the soldier."

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.

It has been upgraded and adapted to address new requirements and is currently in use by the armed forces of Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Germany, Malaysia and Sweden, as well as the US and UK.

One upgrade includes the release of the new 655 CS high explosive anti-tank round, which is designed to reduce back blast and enable soldiers to safely employ the weapon in confined spaces, minimising the hazardous effects of legacy shoulder-fired munitions.

In addition, Saab is currently developing a new, lightweight version of the weapon with additional functionality for future operational needs.


Image: US soldiers hold familiarisation training with the Carl Gustaf recoilless anti-tank rifle in Iraq. Photo: courtesy of mass communication specialist 2nd class (DSW/SW) Christopher Perez.

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