Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement, armasuisse, has awarded a contract to Swedish defence and security company Saab Dynamics for deliveries of the Next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon system (NLAW) to the Swiss Army. The order value amounts to BSEK 1.035 (USD120.3 million) with deliveries during the period 2018-2021.
The order includes the supply of NLAW weapon systems, associated training equipment, such as drill rounds, indoor training simulators, and support and maintenance of the training equipment. Under a framework contract between Saab and armasuisse, orders can be placed for NLAW weapon systems and equipment during the period 2017-2030.
“The Swiss customer has conducted a detailed, competitive evaluation incorporating both theoretical analyses and live firing tests, and we are proud to be able to say that NLAW came out as the winner. This order, as well as the framework contract, reaffirms NLAW’s capabilities against the threat from modern main battle tanks (MBT) and armoured vehicles on today’s battlefield”, says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab Dynamics.
The Main Battle Tank and Light Anti-tank Weapon (MBT LAW), also known as the NLAW, is a joint British and Swedish short-range fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system. Designed for use by infantry, the MBT LAW is shoulder fired, disposable and attacks the tank from above. The weapon system combines the simplicity of light anti-armour weapon with the advantages of heavy, crew-operated guided missile system. With NLAW, a single soldier can destroy a heavily protected modern Main Battle Tank with only one shot at a range from 20 to 800 metres. It is currently in use with the military forces of the United Kingdom, Finland, Luxembourg, and Sweden.
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