Saab’s Carl-Gustaf man-por­ta­ble weapon sys­tem selected by US Army


De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab’s man-por­ta­ble weapon sys­tem Carl-Gustaf has been cho­sen by the US Depart­ment of the Army to be a pro­gramme of record within the US Army. This means that the world leading shoul­der-fired weapon sys­tem, with a long ser­vice record with the US Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Forces, will now be­come stan­dard is­sue to the US Army’s Light In­fantry units.

The Carl-Gustaf sys­tem will pro­vide the US Army with a ca­pa­bil­ity that units us­ing dis­pos­able shoul­der-fired mu­ni­tions cur­rently lack. This sys­tem has been a key com­po­nent of the US Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Forces for over 20 years.

As true multi-role, man-por­ta­ble shoul­der-fired weapon, the Carl-Gustaf weapon sys­tem is cur­rently in use in more than 40 coun­tries world­wide. The highly mod­ern sys­tem has a long and suc­cess­ful his­tory, and it has been con­tin­u­ously mod­ernised to adapt to the users’ ever chang­ing needs.

An­tic­i­pat­ing fu­ture op­er­a­tional needs, Saab is con­stantly work­ing to make a great sys­tem even bet­ter. A new, lighter weight, ver­sion of the Carl-Gustaf is cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment.

Fur­ther­more, ad­vances are also be­ing made to the Carl-Gustaf am­mu­ni­tion fam­ily with the re­cent re­lease of the new 655 CS (Con­fined Space) high ex­plo­sive an­ti­tank (HEAT) round. This is the first in a new gen­er­a­tion of mu­ni­tions for the Car­lGustaf de­signed to re­duce back blast. This will al­low soldiers to safely em­ploy the weapon in con­fined spa­ces, min­imis­ing the haz­ardous ef­fects of tra­di­tional shoul­der-fired mu­ni­tions. SP

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