US DoD orders ammunition for Carl-Gustaf weapon system

28 June 2018 (Last Updated June 28th, 2018 12:21)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has placed a new ammunition order for the delivery of Saab’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.

US DoD orders ammunition for Carl-Gustaf weapon system
Saab’s Carl-Gustaf weapon system. Credit: Saab AB.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has placed a new ammunition order for the delivery of Saab’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.

Valued at Skr135m ($16m), the current order is placed under the terms of a contract originally announced in August 2014, which involved the delivery of the 84mm recoilless rifle system, known as a multi-role, anti-armour, anti-personnel weapon system (M3 MAAWS) in the US.

In addition, the DoD has placed the first order for the 84mm multi-target (MT) 756 round used in combat in urban areas and to debilitate an enemy undercover inside a building.

The MT 756 weapon uses a tandem charge to penetrate hardened structures and affect the targets indoors.

"With the addition of the MT 756 munition to the DoD inventory, warfighters will have even greater flexibility to customise the weapon and munitions load to their specific mission."

Saab North America president and CEO Michael Andersson said: “The Carl-Gustaf, with its broad range of munitions types, has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments.

“With the addition of the MT 756 munition to the DoD inventory, warfighters will have even greater flexibility to customise the weapon and munitions load to their specific mission.”

The company is expected to carry out the deliveries of the new Carl-Gustaf weapon system next year.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest version of the combat-proven, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system currently being fielded with multiple armed forces worldwide.

The M4 provides soldiers with the ability to deal with any tactical situation, ranging from neutralising armoured tanks or enemy troops in defilade, to clearing obstacles and engaging enemies in buildings.