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U.S. equipping light infantry units with Swedish recoilless weapon

Feb. 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

LINKOPING, Sweden, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Saab's Carl-Gustaf recoilless weapon is becoming standard-issue equipment for U.S. Army light infantry units, the company announced.

The shoulder-fired, reusable 84mm weapon has long been part of the arsenal for U.S. special operations forces and will now provide the U.S. Army with a capability that infantry units using disposable shoulder-fired munitions currently lack.

"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," said Jonas Hjelm, president of Saab North America. "The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the world's most demanding environments as a versatile, powerful tool for the infantry soldier."

The Carl-Gustaf first became operational in 1948 as an anti-tank weapon. Its latest iteration is deployed with military forces of more than 40 countries and uses a variety of ammunition.

U.S. Army began ordering the multi-purpose system for use by regular units deployed in Afghanistan in late 2012.

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