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.
In December 2007, Finland placed an order for an
undisclosed number of NLAW systems.
An additional (undisclosed) number were ordered in
Both launcher and missile development are carried out at
Saab Bofors Dynamics facilities at Eskilstuna and
Karlskoga in Sweden using the expertise gained on anti-
armour systems such as the Carl-Gustaf system, the AT4
CS confined spaces weapon and the Bill anti-tank missile.
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 soldier can bring the missile system from the carry
position to the firing position and make it ready to fire in
under five seconds.
The soldier discards the launcher after firing and can retain
the night sight if needed.
The 115/150mm calibre launcher is of composite material
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.
In the predicted line-of-sight (PLOS) mode, the gunner
tracks the target for three 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.
The training package for the UK MoD includes drill rounds,
an indoor trainer, a laser-based short-range and field trainer,
a weapons effect simulator, dummy rounds and an
ammunition technical officer's (ATO) training package.
An indoor trainer (IDT) is for use in a dismounted close
combat trainer (DCCT), both systems being supplied and
manufactured by FATS Ltd Lincoln, UK and Atlanta, USA.
The laser-based short-range and field trainer (SR&FT)
supplied by Thales Air Defence Systems includes the
common weapon replica fitted with NOPTEL laser