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SAAB Bofors Dynamics MTB-LAW
(Main Battle Tank Light Anti-armour Weapon)



SAAB Bofors Dynamics has chosen the Trijicon Compact ACOG as the integrated magnified sight for its new NLAW advanced one-man anti-tank weapon system.


The Compact 2.5x20 ACOG is light and strong, making it an ideal choice for the NLAW.  The ACOG will be used on the NLAW combat and training weapons systems.




Type: Rocket Launcher - Light Anti-Tank


Operation: Recoilless


Orgin: Sweden & United Kingdom


Manufacturer: SAAB Bofors Dynamics


Capacity: 1 Rocket (BILL 2 warhead)


Weights: ~ 11kg


Sights: In the Predicted Line of Sight (PLOS) mode, the gunner tracks the target for 3 seconds and the missile's guidance electronics makes a record of the gunner's movement as he aims and computes the flight path to the predicted position of the target. It is unnecessary for the gunner to consider the range or angular speed of the target. After launch the missile flies autonomously to the target. The missile's position in its trajectory always coincides with the target irrespective of range.


Cyclic rate: 1


Range: 20-600m


Users: Sweden (Nytt Bärbart Takslående - NBT pskott), UK (Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon - NLAW)


Constructrion: The 115/150mm calibre launcher is of composite material construction. The launcher is fitted with the gunner's optical sight, a foldaway launch device, handles and firing mechanism, battery package, carrying straps and a firing support. A mounting rail attached to the launcher is for attaching any night sight. The missile has an active magnetic and optical sensor activated proximity fuse. The sensor data is analysed to match the known relevant target criteria before warhead initiation. The missile warhead is activated even against aluminium targets and partially concealed targets. In conventional overflight missiles a keyhole effect resulting in reduced penetration into the target is caused by a shaped charge jet which develops during the missile flight. The MBT LAW warhead, similar to the BILL 2 missile warhead, incorporates a dynamically compensated shaped and copper lined charge to retain the penetration characteristics. The charge is 102mm in diameter.


History: The project were initiated by Bofors Carl-Gustaf AB (BCG) in the summer of 1997. The Main Battle Tank and Light Armour Weapon, MBT LAW, developed by Saab Bofors Dynamics, was selected in May 2002 for the UK Army Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW). The portable, short range, fire-and-forget system will enter service in 2006 to replace the British Army's existing Insys LAW-80 system that is reaching the end of its operational life.


The Development is a joint venture between Sweden and the UK, and the UK MOD Defence Procurement Agency will procure the systems for Sweden. It has been estimated that the UK requirement may be for up to 20,000 systems for the UK Army, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force Regiment. Both launcher and missile development are carried out at Saab Bofors Dynamics facilities at Eskilstuna and Karlskoga in Sweden. Thales Air Defence is the major UK partner, leading Team MBT LAW which includes 14 UK subcontractors for the manufacture of the weapon system. Final assembly and test is carried out at the Thales Air Defence facilities in Belfast. The missile's inertial measurement unit is manufactured by BAE Systems at Plymouth. BAE Systems has constructed a new semiconductor facility at Plymouth to manufacture the silicon rate sensors within the IMU. The new facility duplicates the production line at BAE Systems' joint venture company, Silicon Sensing Systems, in Japan where the sensors are in mass production. FR-HiTEMP, Titchfield, is responsible for the manufacture of the control fins and actuators. Raytheon Systems Limited, Glenrothes, and Thales Missile Electronics, Basingstoke, manufacture electronics assemblies and the proximity fuse. National Plastics Aerospace, Coventry, is responsible for the plastic and composite mouldings. Skeldings, Smethwick, manufacture the system's special purpose springs. Express Engineering of Gateshead, Portsmouth Aviation, EPS Logistics Technology, Leafield Engineering of Bristol and Metalweb in Birmingham are also major partners in the MBT LAW consortium.


The soldier can bring the missile system from the carry position to the firing position and make it ready to fire in less than 5 seconds. The soldier discards the launcher after firing and can retain the night sight if needed. The MBT LAW has a soft launch and can be fired from confined spaces such as from inside buildings and vehicle hatches, and from all positions and angles up to ±45°. The flight time to a 400m range is less than 2 seconds. The initial muzzle velocity is 40m/s. The soldier selects top attack mode to engage tanks and armoured vehicles in order to strike the least armoured area on the vehicle's roof. In the overfly top attack (OTA) mode, the missile flies at about 1m above the line of sight. The missile's sensor initiates the warhead above the roof of the target. The soldier can select the direct attack (DA) mode to engage light vehicles, buildings and bunkers. In the direct attack (DA) mode the missile flies directly along the line of sight towards the target. The missile fuze system is disconnected and the warhead detonates upon impact, after a short delay.

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