Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics are expected to announce a landmark teaming agreement to address perceived gaps, and exploit burgeoning requirements, in the global short-range shoulder-launched munitions mission space.
Under the provisions of the agreement Raytheon and Saab will collaborate to “leverage best of breed capabilities and market synergies to bring new and expanding capabilities to the shoulder-launched munitions market segment,” a Raytheon spokesperson told Jane’s .
“We’ve looked at the capabilities that we both have in this mission space, and recognise clear synergies in our capabilities and our channels to market, as well as our customer relationships. Over time, we’ve put a lot of thought into what we can do together in this mission space and the way that we’ve constructed the teaming agreement will enable us to closely collaborate in this market segment to support not only the US but also the global warfighter in allied and coalition nations. Our initial effort will focus on enhancing the capabilities for the Carl Gustaf reloadable weapon system,” the spokesperson said.
Saab’s 84mm Carl Gustaf M3 (designated M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) in the United States) and the disposable AT4 84mm support weapon are both Programs of Record in the US Army.
The spokesperson confirmed that both companies have identified a launch project, which he described as ‘a natural pilot’, but declined to disclose further specifics of this project, or other enterprises being considered under the agreement.
In all probability, the launch project will likely focus on pulling through development, and subsequent industrialisation, of Saab’s ‘smart’ 84mm Ultra Light Missile (ULM) concept round for the Carl Gustaf M3/M4 and potentially the AT4. Saab has previously indicated that it was looking for an industry partner/partners to co-develop the ULM round.
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