Swedish defense firm Saab has been awarded a $16 million contract to manufacture and deliver an undisclosed number of M3A1 multi-role weapon systems to the US Army.
Also known as the Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifles, the M3A1 is a man-portable, shoulder-launched weapon designed to destroy protected enemy assets.
Its guided munition accurately engages stationary or moving targets at up to 2,000 meters (6,561 feet).
According to Saab, the system would make American soldiers “more agile” on the battlefield because of its reduced weight and increased capability compared to the previous version.
The acquisition would also “increase interoperability across services, alliances, and partnerships with so many already fielding the Carl-Gustaf M4.”
The company has not provided specifics on the date of the delivery.
Units of the US Marine Corps will also receive the weapon system.
An advanced derivative of the Carl-Gustaf M3, the M3A1 has a length of less than a meter and weighs just under seven kilograms (15.4 pounds), making it easy for soldiers to carry.
It reportedly features enhanced ergonomics and is equipped with an adjustable shoulder rest and front grip.
The model’s ammunition is capable of destroying tanks with add-on armor protection, landing craft, and bunkers. It can also engage enemies hiding inside large buildings.
“The wide range of ammunition provides extreme tactical flexibility ready for any combat situation, delivering faster engagement, increased hit probability and greater effectiveness,” the company explained.
The weapon is operational in more than 40 countries.