Lithuania Purchases More Carl-Gustaf Ammunition From Saab
Lithuania has ordered additional Carl-Gustaf ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.
Awarded by Lithuania’s Defence Materiel Agency, the contract has a value of 145,000 Swedish Krona ($13.8 million).
It is part of a framework agreement between the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration and the company allowing Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia to continue ordering Carl-Gustaf weapon systems for 10 years.
“We are pleased to receive an additional order from Lithuania and are ready to continue to deliver our world-leading ground combat capabilities to the customer,” Saab official Görgen Johansson said.
Deliveries of the ammunition to Vilnius will reportedly begin in 2024.
In January last year, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence contracted Saab to provide the country with an undisclosed number of Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless weapons and ammunition.
The Carl-Gustaf Weapon System
The Carl-Gustaf is a man-portable weapon system that allows dismounted soldiers to confront multiple challenges on the modern battlefield.
It can neutralize armored tanks, clear obstacles, and engage enemies in buildings.
The weapon’s advanced sight provides accurate targeting, even during night-time operations.
“The wide range of ammunition types available for Carl-Gustaf makes it flexible and able to handle any situation on the battlefield,” the company states on its website.
Expanding Military Arsenal
Lithuania’s acquisition of more weapons systems and ammunition is in response to growing regional threats sparked by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
In December last year, the Baltic nation became the first outside the US to procure Switchblade 600 “kamikaze” drones under a 45-million-euro ($47.8 million) contract.
Lithuania also secured a $495-million deal with Washington to deliver eight High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).