The research, to be conducted by Saab's Dynamics business area, will focus on the development of a precision-engagement capability for shoulder-fired weapons. Saab will analyze possible concepts and propose solutions, or highlight areas where future investigations are needed.
"This research is crucial to improving the power of small military units," said Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab's Dynamics business area. "Today's short-range weapons lack active guidance, while long-range weapons are extremely expensive, physically burdensome, and often require teams of operators that smaller units do not have. Saab is investigating a possible solution: a precision-guided munition for shoulder-fired weapons that provides a long-range, high-precision, multi-target capability."
Saab will conduct studies on its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of which are current U.S. Army Programs of Record in service with the U.S. Army.
"Analyzing already-established platforms allows the research to remain focused on the munition itself," said Johansson. "Rather than developing a completely new solution, we are seeking to apply improved capabilities to existing systems – and that would translate to lower costs and faster availability."
Since the 2014 launch of Saab's Carl-Gustaf M4 version, the company has already been investing its own R&D money into new "smart" munitions to leverage the new system's advanced capabilities.
The MOAR study is part of DARPA's Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement entitled "Innovative Systems for Military Missions."
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