The U.S. ArmyÂ and Saab‘s Bofors Dynamics business unit haveÂ collaborated toÂ test and qualify an updated shoulder-fired weapon system.
The service branch said ThursdayÂ Army engineers tested the M3E1Â multi-role anti-armor anti-personnel weapon system, which a version of theÂ M3 recoilless rifle that is shorter and six pounds lighter.
William Everett, Army Foreign Comparative Testing Program project manager, said the branch’s M3E1 team traveled to Sweden to observe and validate the manufacturer’s tests rather than duplicateÂ the process in the U.S.
Renee Bober, M3E1 product manager, said the updatesÂ include a shot counter and modern materials that will work to address user input from theÂ U.S. Special Operations Command and other services.
The shot counter is designedÂ to address the need to half-life an M3, whichÂ occurs when a service member does not manually recordÂ each round fired as required by the current system, according to the Army.
M3E1 will be available for acquisition to all Defense Department services when tests and qualifications are completed in 2017, the Army noted.
The weapon system works to engageÂ light armored vehicles, bunkers and soft structures.