- The research effort is expected to be of some 15-months duration, according to a Massive Overmatch Assault Round Notional Study Schedule posted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
- Saab will conduct studies using its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of which are current US Army Programs of Record.
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Saab a research contract of undisclosed value for the development of an 'advanced precision engagement capability' for shoulder-launched weapons under the agency's Massive Overmatch Assault Round (MOAR) Study initiative.
The proposed MOAR study falls under the 'Ground Systems - Soldier/Squad Technologies' section of the DARPA Tactical Technology Office (TTO) Wide Broad Agency Announcement DARPA-BAA-15-27: 'Innovative Systems for Military Missions'. According to a Notional Study Schedule posted by the DARPA, the duration of the MOAR research effort is expected to be of 15-months duration, with the final report due back to the DARPA by second quarter 2017.
The MOAR study focuses on two principal areas of research: i) multi-use rounds "capable of defeating a wide range of threats - dismounted personnel, hardened structures, moving vehicles, armour, and unmanned aerial systems - with traditional and non-traditional defeat mechanisms"; and ii) multi-function rounds, which should be "capable of being fired as a shoulder-launched or vehicle-mounted weapon; capable of first-party targeting or receiving targeting information from a networked third party source".
According to a Special Program Announcement for the DARPA/TTO 'Research Opportunity: Massive Overmatch Assault Round (MOAR) Study' (Special Notice DARPA-SN-15-79), "MOAR will seek to leverage commercial technologies to provide a low-cost, multi-use, and multi-function precision engagement capability. Current short-range weapons are used against a variety of target sets using different munitions and launchers without the benefit of active guidance. Current long-range weapons in support of dismounted operations are highly effective against a specific target set at range, but come with a heavy physical burden, high cost per shot/procurement cost, and often require teams of operators (sometimes dedicated) for employment," the announcement notes.
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