US ARMY TO IN­VEST IN 1,111 UNITS OF M3E1 SHOUL­DER-FIRED WEAPON SYS­TEM

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The US Army is plan­ning to pro­cure 1,111 units of the M3E1 multi-role anti-ar­mour anti-per­son­nel weapon sys­tem (MAAWS). The M3E1, which is the lat­est ver­sion of M3 MAAWS, is lighter and shorter with a longer han­dle and an en­hanced grip. Said to be a part of the Prod­uct Man­ager Crew Served Weapons port­fo­lio, the M3E1 is com­pat­i­ble with sev­eral am­mu­ni­tion types.

The cur­rent sys­tem that the army uses is the AT4, which only al­lows sol­diers to fire one shot, and then they have to throw the sys­tem away. With the M3E1, sol­diers can use dif­fer­ent types of am­mu­ni­tion which gives them an in­creased ca­pa­bil­ity on the bat­tle­field. The M3E1 has ex­tra shoul­der pad­ding and an im­proved sight­ing sys­tem that can be ad­justed for bet­ter com­fort with­out com­pro­mis­ing per­for­mance. A wiring har­ness has also been added in the M3E1 con­fig­u­ra­tion that pro­vides a fore­grip con­troller and pro­gram­mable fuse set­ter for an in­ter­change­able fire con­trol sys­tem.

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