17 Februari 2010

Improved Firepower for the ADF

17 Februari 2010

M3 84mm Carl Gustav (photo : SAAB)

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science today announced improved firepower for the ADF with contracts being signed for a new anti-armour weapon capability.

“Defence has contracted SAAB Bofors Dynamics for the supply of the M3 84mm Carl Gustaf anti-armour support weapon,” Mr Combet said.

“These new weapons provide an increased direct fire support capability and will be employed by the Infantry, Special Forces and RAAF Airfield Defence Guards.

“Soldiers will appreciate the weight savings afforded by the M3 Carl Gustaf anti-armour weapon.

“The value of the contract with SAAB Bofors Dynamics is approximately $10.5m which includes the supply of weapons, spares and documentation to support the system,” Mr Combet said.

In addition, Mr Combet announced the contract with BAE Systems Australia to supply the enhanced sighting system for the newly acquired M3 84mm Carl Gustaf anti-armour weapon.

“The value of the contract with BAE Systems Australia is approximately $16m which includes the supply of sighting systems, spares, documentation and three years of support for the system,” Mr Combet said.

“The enhanced sighting system includes thermal technology which provides the ADF with an increased direct-fire support capability when used with the M3 84mm Carl Gustaf anti-armour weapon.

“Furthermore, the new sight will also now permit engagements during day, night and adverse conditions,” Mr Combet said.

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