Swedish company Saab announced this week that in the second quarter of this year it received an order from the U.S. Army for about $75 million worth of ammunition for Carl-Gustaf rocket launchers. Delivery is scheduled to take place in 2022.
The shoulder-fired rocket order was placed within an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity framework agreement signed in 2019 between Saab and the U.S. Army that allows the customer to place orders of up to $445 million for Carl-Gustaf ammunition and disposable AT4 shoulder-fired weapon systems during a five-year period. The latest order for the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps is comprised of seven different types of ammunition including anti-armor, anti-structure, smoke, and illumination rounds.
It should be mentioned that in July 2020, as reported by Israel Defense, Saab received an order from the U.S. Army for Carl-Gustaf ammunition and AT4 systems valued at approximately $100 million.
The company says that Saab’s Carl-Gustaf system (designated MAAWS in the U.S.) has a long and proven record with the U.S. military. The reloadable multi-purpose system has been in service in the U.S. since 1990, and a program of record for the U.S. Army since 2013. In 2018, the U.S. Army announced it will acquire the latest version of the weapon – the Carl-Gustaf M4 (designated M3E1 in the U.S.).