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Finland orders Saab's light anti-tank system

Saab's next-generation light anti-tank weapon systems has been ordered by Finland.

By Richard Tomkins
During recent military exercises, Swedish and Finnish forces used the Next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon system, or NLAW, which the Finnish Defense Forces recently placed a new order for with Saab. Photo courtesy of Saab
During recent military exercises, Swedish and Finnish forces used the Next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon system, or NLAW, which the Finnish Defense Forces recently placed a new order for with Saab. Photo courtesy of Saab

Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Finnish Defense Forces are exercising a 2015 contract option with Saab Defense to order additional next-generation light anti-tank weapon systems.

Saab said the weapon system, used by Finland since 2007, will be delivered this year.

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"The interest for our NLAW system has increased significantly in recent years," Görgen Johansson, head of Saab's Dynamics business, said in a press release. "This order is a strong proof of this and we look forward to deliver a high-capability weapon system to the Finnish Defence Forces.

"NLAW provides the single soldier with a true anti-tank capability, previously not available on the battlefield."

NLAW is a line-of-sight shoulder-fired weapon system for use against armored vehicles and non-armored targets. During a recently military exercise in Sweden, the NLAW system was used by both Swedish and Finnish forces.

Contract details, including its monetary value, were not disclosed by Saab.

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