Sept. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Army announced on Wednesday that it is rapidly procuring more than 1,000 shoulder-fired 84mm recoilless rifles from Saab for deployment as soon as possible.
The weapon is the Carl-Gustaf M4, known as the M3E1 in the United States.
Through the use of titanium, the Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System, or MAAWS, is more than six pounds lighter than its earlier iteration, 2.5 inches shorter and has an improved carrying handle, extra shoulder padding and an improved sighting system.
The Army is ordering 1,111 M3E1 units from Saab.
“The current system that the Army uses is the AT4, which only allows Soldiers to fire one shot, and then they have to throw the system away,” Randy Everett, the Army’s Foreign Comparative Testing project manager, said in a press release. “With the M3E1, soldiers can use different types of ammunition which gives them an increased capability on the battlefield.”