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Saab supplying shoulder-fired rocket system to French forces
by Richard Tomkins
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Dec 10, 2014

Lithuania stocks up on ammunition
Vilnius, Lithuania (UPI) Dec 10, 2014 - Lithuania is stocking up on ammunition for assault rifles, mortars and anti-tank recoilless rifles.

The country's Ministry of National Defense says the ammunition is being procured to replenish its ammunition reserves through a series of contracts worth about $14.4 million, mainly with a Lithuanian company.

"One of our current priorities is a well-trained and well-equipped soldier," said Minister of National Defense Juozas Olekas. "Therefore, replenishment of our munitions reserve will serve for ensuring quality training of military personnel and their appropriate preparation for fulfilling their duties."

According to the ministry, a third shipment this year of 5.56x45 mm G36 assault rifle ammunition was received last month from the Lithuanian company and ammunition for machine guns is expected soon. Ammunition for 120mm mortars will be delivered next year.

Ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf recoilless anti-tank rifle is being bought in cooperation with Latvia and Estonia through the European Defense Agency contract signed last year. The contract is worth about $61.7 million, with delivery expected to begin next year.

Saab of Sweden is supplying its AT4 shoulder-launched rocket system to the French military under a contract from the country's defense and procurement agency.

The first fixed price contract for the Roquette Nouvelle Generation is worth about $31.7 million. Eight contract options are provided for under the award.

The contract also covers an integrated logistics and support package.

"This procurement is currently the single most important program on the global market in the disposable shoulder-launched product segment", said Gorgen Johansson, head of Saab's Dynamics business area. 'The French requirements are comprehensive and exacting, and we are proud that DGA has chosen Saab for this important contract."

The rocket system is built upon Saab's modular 84-mm product range, which includes the Carl-Gustaf multi-purpose weapon system and the AT4 family of disposable weapons.

Saab said three AT4 variants are included in the contract with DGA: the AT4CS ER, or anti-armor extended range; the AT4CS anti-structure and breaching rocket, and AT4CS HE, a high-explosive, anti-personnel weapon.

Saab has teamed with Nexter Munitions of France for the contract.

"A French industrial base is very important for Saab to be able to offer optimal products and services to the French customer," Johansson said. "We are happy to have Nexter as our partner in Roquette NG."

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