Skip to comments.Saab’s Carl-Gustaf Man-Portable Weapon System Selected as Standard Issue for the U.S. Army
Posted on 02/21/2014 1:34:50 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Defence and security company Saabs 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. Armys 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 worlds 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.
Saabs 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)
Gads...the Hungarian camo is worse than the ACUs....
Nice. Another weapon system to deploy against citizens.
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.
That’s great for hiding in a vineyard..............
Can you imagine a pickup truck getting hit with one of those???
At least parts of Saab are doing OK, GM destroyed the automotive division.
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?” )
Nice gun, but I don't think it's Man-Portable.
Oh, Gustaf gun. That's different. Never mind.
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.
Isnt that just a bazooka with a scope on it?
I’d dread barrel and breach block cleaning.
One wonders where they are planning on concealing themselves that lavender with polka dots would be effective.
Michelle Obama's closet
A Chicago bathhouse.
On the beach with all the other bikinis.
“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.
But those guys would be invisible on a granite countertop.
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