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Japan Buys 300 Carl-Gustaf Rifles From Saab

Japan has ordered over 300 Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifles from arms manufacturer Saab.

The deal further increases Tokyo’s Carl-Gustaf inventory, a staple of the force’s multi-role weapon system capabilities since 1979 used in anti-armored vehicle and night reconnaissance missions.

Scheduled for delivery in 2025, the man-portable multi-role weapon systems will be added to the Japan Self-Defense Forces infantry arms, which also include the Type 20 5.56×45 mm assault rifles and FN Herstal Mk3 light machine guns.

Bolstering the Military

The agreement comes during Japan’s push for modernization in its self-defense force, doubling its spending on upgrades to the force’s capabilities despite suffering from insufficient recruitment numbers.

“This order is further proof that our multi-role weapon system Carl-Gustaf meets the high standards of Japan Self-Defense Forces, and we look forward to continuing to support and strengthen their capabilities,” said Saab Dynamics Head Görgen Johansson.

Japan’s recent focus on bolstering its military capabilities is part of the country’s Defense Buildup Program, an initiative to upgrade all aspects of the force.

The program focuses on stricter remote island protection, cybersecurity improvements, and stronger ties to allies to counter outside forces that could compromise Japan’s sovereignty.

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