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Saab’s Carl-Gustaf Man-Portable Weapon System Selected as Standard Issue for the U.S. Army
Saab AB ^ | Feb 20, 2014

Posted on 02/21/2014 1:34:50 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

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

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

“The fact that the U.S. Army has now elected to designate Carl-Gustaf (M3 MAAWS in the U.S.) as a Program of Record, thereby enabling it to be broadly fielded to its light Infantry units speaks for itself. The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the world’s most demanding environments as a versatile, powerful tool for the infantry soldier”, says Jonas Hjelm, President of Saab North America.

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 modernized 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 anti-tank (HEAT) round. This is the first in a new generation of munitions for the Carl-Gustaf designed to reduce back blast. This will allow soldiers to safely employ the weapon in confined spaces, minimizing the hazardous effects of traditional shoulder fired munitions.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carlgustaf; manpad; saab; usarmy

Saab’s Carl Gustav provides a lot of firepower in a small package, as well as a wide range of ammunition, that has made it the infantry weapon of choice for over 40 countries. It is seen here in Hungarian service. (Saab photo)

1 posted on 02/21/2014 1:34:50 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Gads...the Hungarian camo is worse than the ACUs....


2 posted on 02/21/2014 1:36:33 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Nice. Another weapon system to deploy against citizens.


3 posted on 02/21/2014 1:38:39 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: ZULU

1. So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?
2. From what I’ve heard the Army is already trying to transition more toward the Gustav rifle they already have based on more munition options, cost, weight, etc. It makes sense, why do you need a one shot disposable anti tank weapon like the AT-4 when most of your enemies don’t have tanks.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 1:43:10 PM PST by thorvaldr
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To: BenLurkin

That’s great for hiding in a vineyard..............


5 posted on 02/21/2014 1:45:44 PM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: thorvaldr

Can you imagine a pickup truck getting hit with one of those???


6 posted on 02/21/2014 1:46:25 PM PST by Baseballguy (pharaphase (If someone does not believe in heaven or hell - they should not care where they go))
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To: thorvaldr
1. So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?

A vineyard.................

7 posted on 02/21/2014 1:46:25 PM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: BenLurkin

At least parts of Saab are doing OK, GM destroyed the automotive division.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 1:49:43 PM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Gosh, I hate to sound provincial, but we can’t buy an American made system? It would have the advantage of keeping Americans employed and the technology local. I remember when the OSI bought some Israeli machineguns. Congress went ballistic and they dumped them. The Brits were buying grenades from Switzerland, which stopped providing them when the Brits joined the coalition against Saddam Hussein. The Spanish bought the cannons for their Armada from the English, who provided them in so many calibers the logistics of a sea battle became impossible. (Their own ships had only three types.)

For the most part, it’s idiocy to buy weapons from somebody else. (BTW, we’re buying Russian made helicopters for Afghanistan. Yes, there are reasons, but it’s helping the Russians at the expense of American suppliers. Now the Russians can say, “Why buy Sikorsky when even the US Army buys our models?” )


9 posted on 02/21/2014 1:53:19 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Saab’s Carl-Gustaf Man-Portable Weapon System Selected as Standard Issue for the U.S. Army

Nice gun, but I don't think it's Man-Portable.

Oh, Gustaf gun. That's different. Never mind.

10 posted on 02/21/2014 1:55:46 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Red Badger

Or an oriental rug store. It makes as much sense as the Navy’s “blueberry” camo and many blue police patterns.

Last weekend, I mentioned to a young Marine that many countries have adopted the US-style helmet. He corrected me saying they may all look alike but their construction and composition vary widely. The US alone has 3 or 4 versions of the Kevlar helmet.


11 posted on 02/21/2014 1:55:52 PM PST by 12Gauge687
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Isnt that just a bazooka with a scope on it?


12 posted on 02/21/2014 1:59:46 PM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: Yo-Yo

I’d dread barrel and breach block cleaning.


13 posted on 02/21/2014 2:02:53 PM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: BenLurkin

One wonders where they are planning on concealing themselves that lavender with polka dots would be effective.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 2:09:23 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: thorvaldr
So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?

Michelle Obama's closet

15 posted on 02/21/2014 2:23:08 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Paine in the Neck
How about a Florist shop!!!
16 posted on 02/21/2014 2:25:34 PM PST by ontap
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To: thorvaldr
Where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?

A Chicago bathhouse.

17 posted on 02/21/2014 2:27:35 PM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Paine in the Neck
One wonders where they are planning on concealing themselves that lavender with polka dots would be effective.

On the beach with all the other bikinis.

18 posted on 02/21/2014 2:29:25 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: 12Gauge687

“Last weekend, I mentioned to a young Marine that many countries have adopted the US-style helmet.”

Which looks like it was derived from the German WWII style helmet with better materials.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 2:32:58 PM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: BenLurkin

But those guys would be invisible on a granite countertop.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 2:36:47 PM PST by Chewbarkah
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

IIRC after hundreds of tests and all kinds of designs, it turns out to be the best single design within a reasonable weight.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 2:39:55 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: thorvaldr

1. So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?

Ans. Urban Warfare in Pajama Factory Districts


22 posted on 02/21/2014 2:45:53 PM PST by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Red Badger

They are protecting Pelosi’s vinyard from the grape zombies.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 2:50:18 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Yo-Yo

That’s the gun we need. We wouldn’t need anything else.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 2:50:57 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I’ve got a Carl Gustav- made in 1919 (Mauser).


25 posted on 02/21/2014 2:51:33 PM PST by matthew fuller (The GOP is dead- Long Live the TEA Party!)
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To: ZULU

Nice. Another weapon system to deploy against citizens.


That “Wolverines” can steal, acquire or other wise apprehend and use..


26 posted on 02/21/2014 3:19:49 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Better Saab than Ikea... the war would be over before you got it deployed and assembled.


27 posted on 02/21/2014 3:22:09 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: thorvaldr

So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?


A Gay Bar... or parade...


28 posted on 02/21/2014 3:22:27 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Yo-Yo

Let me guess- it fires an eight-track cartridge?


29 posted on 02/21/2014 3:33:53 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Gen.Blather

Even american made weapons are subject to “globalization”. This approach will surely bite us in the butt.


30 posted on 02/21/2014 3:59:05 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: hosepipe

What are Wolverines.


31 posted on 02/21/2014 3:59:20 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I think RPG’s strapped to the back look cooler.


32 posted on 02/21/2014 4:04:05 PM PST by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: Gen.Blather

I don’t know what it is like today, but in the mid 80s we had gone decades without an effective version, it isn’t an easy niche to fill, and we need to find the best.


33 posted on 02/21/2014 4:07:37 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
This is the first in a new generation of munitions for the Carl-Gustaf designed to reduce back blast. This will allow soldiers to safely employ the weapon in confined spaces, minimizing the hazardous effects of traditional shoulder fired munitions.

I've been looking for something I can use from the Living room.
34 posted on 02/21/2014 4:32:15 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: thorvaldr

Winter urban. That’s all I can think of.


35 posted on 02/21/2014 5:01:49 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Chewbarkah

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/heyho.wav


36 posted on 02/21/2014 5:03:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ZULU

What are Wolverines.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGoe7BdGdlg


37 posted on 02/21/2014 5:34:36 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

When I was a 2LT in the U.S. Army in 1975, my platoon assigned a 90mm RR with serial number 00007.


38 posted on 02/21/2014 6:00:04 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Hey, it worked against aliens in War of the Worlds:


39 posted on 02/21/2014 6:08:58 PM PST by PLMerite
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To: thorvaldr
1. So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?

A Cabela's catalog?

40 posted on 02/21/2014 6:29:38 PM PST by tbpiper
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To: thorvaldr

“So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into”

Looks like they are trying to blend in with the architectural stonework in the lobby of a lot of high rise buildings in major urban centers or possibly with the granite coloring you might find on headstones in a graveyard.


41 posted on 02/21/2014 7:31:11 PM PST by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: thorvaldr
So where exactly would THAT camo pattern be designed to blend into?

A Minecraft game of course.

42 posted on 02/22/2014 7:08:05 AM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: thorvaldr

The Ranger Regiment has been using the Carl Gustav for years. It’s relatively lightweight, simple to operate/maintain and highly effective.


43 posted on 02/22/2014 7:14:36 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: ZULU

” What are Wolverines. “

Among the more obnoxious of college sports fans.


44 posted on 02/23/2014 4:00:50 AM PST by skepsel
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