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Saab Receives Carl-Gustaf Ammunition Order from Lithuanian Defence Materiel Agency

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Saab Receives Carl-Gustaf Ammunition Order from Lithuanian Defence Materiel Agency

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Lithuanian Army Carl Gustaf 8.4 cm recoilless rifle
Lithuanian Army Carl Gustaf 8.4 cm recoilless rifle

Saab has received an order from Lithuania’s Defence Materiel Agency for Carl-Gustaf ammunition. The order value is SEK 145 million and deliveries will start during 2024. The order is placed within a framework agreement initially signed between Saab and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, which allows Lithuania, together with Latvia and Estonia, to place orders for Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons and ammunition during a ten-year period. Proven to deliver results on the battlefield, the Carl-Gustaf provides the effectiveness Lithuanian soldiers need. The wide range of ammunition types available for Carl-Gustaf makes it flexible and able to handle any situation on the battlefield.

“We are pleased to receive an additional order from Lithuania and are ready to continue to deliver our world-leading ground combat capabilities to the customer,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

Lithuanian Army Carl Gustaf 8.4 cm recoilless rifle
Lithuanian Army Carl Gustaf 8.4 cm recoilless rifle. (Photo by Kariuomene)

The Carl Gustaf 8.4 cm recoilless rifle is a Swedish developed 84 mm (3.3 in) caliber man-portable shoulder-fired recoilless rifle, initially developed by the Royal Swedish Army Materiel Administration during the second half of the 1940s as a close-range anti-tank and support weapon for infantry, which has seen great export success around the globe and is today a popular multi-purpose support weapon in use by many nations. The Carl Gustaf 84 mm recoilless rifle is a lightweight, low-cost weapon that uses a wide range of ammunition, which makes it extremely flexible and suitable for a wide variety of roles.

The weapon consists of the main tube with the breech-mounted Venturi recoil damper, with two grips near the front and a shoulder mount. The most modern variants fielded by Swedish rifle companies have been fitted with the Swedish Aimpoint sighting system. The weapon is fitted with iron sights, but is normally aimed with the attached 3× optical sight with a 17 degree (300 mil) field of view. Luminous front and rear sight inserts are available for the iron sights when aiming at night, and an image intensification system may also be used. The Gustaf can be fired from the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions, and a bipod may be attached in front of the shoulder piece.

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