Saab has signed a contract with the US Army for the company’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. This marks the first time the Army has bought the 84mm recoilless rifle system. The Army and U.S. Special Operations Command placed a combined order with a total value of US$31.5 million (SEK 209 million).
“This is very positive and it further proves the capability of the Carl-Gustaf system. It also shows the high level of trust our customers have for the system.” says Tomas Samuelsson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.”
“Saab is thrilled that the U.S. Army has joined with our existing US Special Operations Command customer in using the Carl-Gustaf system”, said Saab North America President, Dan-Åke Enstedt.
The Carl-Gustaf system has a long history, and has been modernized and adapted to meet new requirements. A multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon, the system is in use in more than 40 countries worldwide. With the Carl-Gustaf M3 version, Saab offers state-of-the-art capability for demanding customers investing in the future.
The 84 mm recoilless gun can be fired from the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions and a bipod may be attached in front of the shoulder piece.
It is normally operated by a two-man crew, one carrying and firing the weapon, the other carrying ammunition and reloading.