Finland orders more NLAW missiles

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Nicholas de Larrinaga, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
29 June 2015


Finland has ordered more NLAW missiles, seen here on exercise in June 2010. Source: Finnish Defence Force

The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) from Saab Dynamics, the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department has announced.

The contract, worth EUR32 million (USD35.5 million), also includes night vision devices from Millog and training tools from Insta DefSec and Saab Training Systems.

The NLAW is a disposable infantry-carried, fire-and-forget anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), effective at ranges of up to 600 m. It features two operational modes: direct attack, for use against soft targets; and overfly top attack, for use against armoured targets. The missile is armed with a single 102 mm shaped charge, angled 90° downwards to provide optimum armour penetration when in overfly top attack mode. This is triggered by a dual laser/active magnetic proximity fuze system. The shoulder-fired missile is soft-launched to enable it to be fired from within buildings and other confined spaces.

Deliveries of the missiles and associated equipment are expected to begin this year and be completed in 2016. Also included in the contract is an option for additional missiles, which with taxes brings the cumulative value of the order to EUR42 million. The latest contract was signed on 26 June, according to the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Department.

The NLAW is currently used by Finland, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, where much of the NLAW is made.

Finland orders more NLAW missiles - IHS Jane's 360
 
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