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US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

12 September 2017

The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs.

On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support of the M3E1 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) programme.

The Lightweight Carl Gustaf is a variant of shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapon. US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the US Army have both ordered and used the Carl Gustaf, known in US service as MAAWS.

Saab’s Lightweight Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle, which it markets as the M4, is being sold to SOCOM and the US Army as the M3E1 MAAWS. (Saab)Saab’s Lightweight Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle, which it markets as the M4, is being sold to SOCOM and the US Army as the M3E1 MAAWS. (Saab)

US Army headquarters in January approved a requirement for 1,111 M3E1 MAAWS, Pete Rowland, a spokesperson for the army’s Program Manager for Soldiers Weapons, told Jane’s on 12 September.



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