United States Army places new orders for SAAB Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system 2709122
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|Thursday, September 27, 2012, 09:24 AM|
|United States Army places new orders for SAAB Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system.|
Defence and security company Saab has signed a new contract with the U.S. Army for the company’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. This marks the second time the U.S. Army has bought the 84mm recoilless rifle system to equip its forces. The total order value is $31 million (approximately MSEK 205). Long in service with U.S. Special Operations Forces, the system has only recently been taken into service by the U.S. Army for its regular infantry units as well.
U.S.Army Special Forces hold familiarization training with the Carl Gustav M3 recoils anti-tank rifle during Operation Iraqi Freedom; (Credit Photo United States Defense)
“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”, says Tomas Samuelsson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.
“The fact that the U.S. Army continues its plans to deploy this game-changing weapon system to its main-line units speaks for itself. The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments and it is a versatile, powerful tool for the soldier”, said Saab North America President, Dan-Åke Enstedt.
The Carl-Gustaf system has a successful history, and has successively been modernized and adapted to meet new requirements. A true multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon, the system is in use in more than 40 countries worldwide. Currently produced as the Carl-Gustaf M3 version, Saab continues to develop this reliable system with the aim to provide a more advanced lighter weight version in the future.