U.S. Army Orders More Carl-Gustaf M4 Weapon Systems

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Defense and secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny Saab has an order from the U.S. Army for the latest ver­sion of the Carl-Gustaf multi-role, man-portable shoul­der-fired weapon. 

Saab released a state­ment saying that it has been award­ed an $87 mil­lion (approx­i­mate­ly 770 MSEK) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity con­tract for M3E1 weapons ( known as the M4 glob­al­ly) with an ini­tial order of $9.2 mil­lion MUSD (approx­i­mate­ly 80 MSEK) with deliv­er­ies in 2021.

The con­tract is an indef­i­nite deliv­ery and quan­ti­ty con­tract allow­ing the U.S. Army to place orders for the latest ver­sion of the Carl-Gustaf weapon during a 7‑year period for a value of up to approx­i­mate­ly $87 mil­lion (770 MSEK). The Carl-Gustaf weapons in this frame­work con­tract will be oper­at­ed by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command.

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“The Saab M3E1 is opti­mized to meet the needs of today’s warfight­ers. This light­weight and effec­tive recoil­less rifle ensures readi­ness on the modern bat­tle­field with multi-role capa­bil­i­ties through a wide array of muni­tions includ­ing counter defilade, anti-struc­ture, and anti-armor,” said Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab in the U.S. 

The Carl-Gustaf system has been a pro­gram of record in the U.S. since 2013. In 2018, the U.S. Army announced it would acquire the latest ver­sion of the system. At 14.8 pounds (6.7 kilos), the new ver­sion is 28 per­cent lighter than its pre­de­ces­sor, the M3. In 2019, the U.S. Army signed a frame­work agree­ment for Carl-Gustaf ammu­ni­tion.

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