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New US Army MAAWS Carl-Gustaf Contract

Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle [image via Saab]

Saab has been awarded a contract worth $US 16 million from the US Army MAAWS Program Office for Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifles.

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Press Release, Linköping, 12 May 2022: The US Army MAAWS Program Office has awarded Saab a contract for Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifles. The Carl-Gustaf rifles are also known as Multi-purpose Anti-Armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) and M3A1 in the US 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.

US Army 84mm MAAWS team moving forward on SWIFT RESPONSE 21 in Estonia ~ the rounds carried by the loader were live but had a drill warhead [© Bob Morrison]

“At Saab, we are always striving to support the Infantry with light-weight 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 US

Carl-Gustaf M4 increases tactical flexibility, enabling soldiers to deal with any situation. Built to satisfy future requirements, it is compatible with advanced fire control devices and prepared for specialised ammunition, putting advanced technology at forces’ fingertips. The wide range of ammunition provides extreme tactical flexibility ready for any combat situation, delivering faster engagement, increased hit probability and greater effectiveness.

The Carl-Gustaf system of lightweight weapons, now in its fourth generation. It is in use in more than 40 different countries, including many NATO allies.

US Army Carl-Gustaf M4 / M3E1 in action in Estonia during SWIFT RESPONSE 2021 [©Bob Morrison]

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