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Sweden's Saab secures major arms deal

The Local/pvs · 11 Mar 2011, 11:25

Published: 11 Mar 2011 11:25 GMT+01:00

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The order comprises the production of anti-armour ammunition to the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapons system amounts to 1.16 billion kronor ($181.3¨million). Delivery will start in September 2011 and continue throughout 2012.

“The order is of large value for Saab, and is estimated to create approximately 40 new job opportunities within Saab’s production unit in Karlskoga, as well as new jobs with our sub-suppliers,” Tomas Samuelsson, Saab senior vice president, said in a statement.

In accordance with industry praxis the firm declined to divulge information regarding the customer for the ammunition.

The Carl-Gustaf M3 is system is an antitank recoilless rifle which is designed for hand-held use.

The weapon was first developed in 1947 and introduced into Swedish service in 1948. It has since been sold around the world and has featured in conflicts such as the Falklands War and Afghanistan.

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Versions of the weapon are in use by armies from a slew of countries including the US, the UK, Germany, Brazil, India and Israel. British troops refer to the weapon as the Charlie G, and it also goes by the (irreverent) name of Charlie Gusto or Charlie Gutsache.

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12:29 March 11, 2011 by RobinHood
It's bad enough that passionately neutral and anti-violence Sweden cynically sells arms, but why do they have to make such good stuff? The dear old Carl Gustaf is the most successful weapons system of its type since the bow and arrow. Infantry working for the customer; obviously the US, love them.

In the Falklands War, British marines actually punched a hole in an Argentinean destroyer with one. "Target - left to right - destroyer - fire" is a very unusual fire command in the infantry.

It's a shame one of Sweden's best ever inventions is a highly efficient killing machine.
12:45 March 11, 2011 by Zoolander428
"It's a shame one of Sweden's best ever inventions is a highly efficient killing machine. "

Not the first time... dynamite anyone?
13:24 March 11, 2011 by Nemesis
This is good news.

Export more and hire people to actually man those production lines.
22:01 March 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Congratulations, hopefully they'll get used on bad people soon.
22:19 March 11, 2011 by Boyfriend
Over a millions people had died by these weapons from WW1 till now and maybe 5% of them were military guys and the rest were civilians .

It is very sad to see that people is happy on making money by killing others. And some FAT lazies who could nt find jobs in their homeland loves to enjoy the free social systems of Sweden. Only these sort of people who depends on social money support selling of weapon. otherwise a normal person would be against any war or its machine.
01:16 March 12, 2011 by jackx123
Fantastic job Saab.

"Over a millions people had died by these weapons from WW1 till now and maybe 5% of them were military guys and the rest were civilians "

LOL. Saab has killed over a million people. Get of the drugs mate.

Did you know that every year 2 million die of Diarrhea??
12:11 March 12, 2011 by DAVID T
Good news - now sort your crap cars out
12:32 March 12, 2011 by Boyfriend
Lets count how many innocents civilians are killed by Swedish weapons each year including the two Swede who recently were shoot by Swedish weapons.

I do not understand what kind of "human" you would be for selling and doing business weapons/drugs market?
17:10 March 12, 2011 by tomas R

I think that SAAB aerospace must help SAAB automobile. It's time.
18:18 March 12, 2011 by wenddiver
@tomas R- The car bomb thing has already been done, good for wrecking a market, but they have little to no effect n the military operations of a trained Army. Ha, ha!!
21:50 March 12, 2011 by Uncle

"Over a millions people had died by these weapons from WW1 till now and maybe 5% of them were military guys and the rest were civilians ."

"I do not understand what kind of "human" you would be for selling and doing business weapons/drugs market?"

What I do not understand is the statistics methodology. Over million died from WWI? It was introduced in SWEDEN in 1948 - exactly 30 years after WWI... So given this, allow me to doubt the 5% statistics. But I will try anyways - is it possible to get a link to a statistical research that proves this statement regarding 5% military personnel?

Besides - this is a DEFENSIVE weapon. It is originally designed to strike at armored vehicles like tanks - an offensive weapon. It is also effective against bunkers (armored concrete that let's the round in, but contains the explosion - military installation) and areas of dispersed attacking infantry personnel in the open.

It is not effective in shooting into civilian buildings or whatever imaginary use of a modern western army against masses of civilians.

Whatever you are banging on about in your commie excitement is equal to bashing countries for exporting anti-aircraft weapons or bomb shelters material.
03:59 March 13, 2011 by wenddiver
@Uncle- Thank you for explaining that to him. I am sure he is a better person for being introduced to the rational world.
12:46 March 13, 2011 by mieoux
RobinHood - US makes it's own weapons thank you very much!
16:01 March 13, 2011 by Anmiga

Carl Gustaf is known as M3 MAAWS or Ranger Anti-tank Weapons System (RAWS) in the US forces. Just because we change the name doesn't mean that it isn't Swedish.

And even though the AT4 (another AT weapon) is made locally in the US, it is made under license from the Swedish company.
22:45 March 13, 2011 by muscle
Nothing against SAAB specifically. I am though a supporter of Arms and ammunitions production, but after looking at the recent tragic events in Japan, and the deaths caused by many other disasters across the globe, I have started to feel disappointed that we humans are still making weapons to kill ourselves!

:) I just remembered, a long time back I watched a p0rn show in which sex-toys were shown by some chinese or japanese engineers. The equipment was really hi-tech! And the guy said "I don't like war, I don't like to kill people or hurt them... so I decided to make these"

:) Well yup, he had a point :)
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