Saab, the US Army and Raytheon Missiles & Defense have launched the new Guided Multipurpose Munition (GMM).

The joint activity is part of a three-year Rapid Innovation Funding (RIF) contract effort awarded by the US Army.

RIF efforts are aimed at supporting the development of new technologies that address army capability to fulfil an operational / national need.

The effort involved development and a live firing demonstration, which was conducted in November last year. The GMM was fired with live warheads at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, US.

Through a set of live-fire engagements, multiple targets were ‘engaged and destroyed’ at ranges between 1,550m-2,500m.

Saab Dynamics business area head Görgen Johansson said: “GMM marks the next step in the evolution of our shoulder-launched systems.

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“It is the most advanced munition yet and will offer greater precision, outstanding performance with pin-point accuracy and multi-target capability.”

According to the company, GMM expands the shoulder-launched guided capability to the AT4 portable, single-shot recoilless smoothbore anti-tank weapon.

The munition has potential future applications on remote weapons stations, manned and unmanned air and land systems.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense mission area Land Warfare and Air Defense vice-president Tom Laliberty said: “Raytheon and Saab have been working together on the GMM and take pride in the fact that they can provide the army with a standard guided munition they can fire from prolific soldier-borne launchers as well as weapons stations and unmanned vehicles.

“This universal munition will increase overall lethality and help prepare for every conceivable conflict on the spectrum.”

Initial work on the GMM began in 2017. This work resulted in the concept of the Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition that was unveiled in September 2019.

The Swedish firm’s Carl-Gustaf and AT4 weapon systems are used by the US army troops and the ground forces of more than 40 other countries.

In November 2019, Saab and Raytheon completed test firings of Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition, marking another milestone in the laser-guided system’s transition to production.