Saab to supply US Army with additional Carl-Gustaf anti-armor systems

The U.S. Army MAAWS Program Office has awarded Saab a contract for Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifles, also known as M4 Multi-purpose Anti-Armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) and M3A1 in the U.S. Army. The order will include deliveries of weapons for both the Army and the US Marine Corps. The contract has a total value of USD 16 million and is awarded under a current ID/IQ agreement. Saab will provide Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifles to continue supporting the ongoing fielding effort in both the Army and the Marine Corps.
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The Carl-Gustaf M4 is already in service in the U.S. armed forces (Picture source: Saab)

The Carl-Gustaf M4 system of lightweight weapons is now in its fourth generation. It is in use in more than 40 different countries, including many NATO allies. It is able to fire a wide range of 84mm caliber ammunition including anti-armor, anti-structure, multi-role, anti-personnel, and support rounds. The ammunition used with the Carl Gustaf M4 has an effective range of up to 400 m against tanks and 700 m against buildings and stationary targets. Some types of ammunition have a rocket booster to extend the range to up to 1,000 m.

“At Saab, we are always striving to support the Infantry with lightweight solutions that make their jobs easier. This order will make Soldiers and Marines more agile thanks to the reduced weight and increased capability compared to the previous version currently in operational use. Additionally, this order will increase interoperability across services, alliances, and partnerships, with so many already fielding the Carl-Gustaf M4,” said Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab in the U.S.