Next Generation Light Anti-Armour Weapon (NLAW)
NLAW is a man-portable, shoulder-launched, short range, light anti-armour weapon effective at short and very short ranges against modern armoured vehicles. Bofors Carl-Gustaf SAB of Sweden are offering the MBT LAW and Matra Bae Dynamics UK Ltd, based in Stevenage, are offering the Kestrel weapon system. The Project Definition phase will last around 22 months, during which both companies will develop their proposals for the Full Development and Production phase. The contracts will also include development work and demonstration of the proposed solutions, together with other risk reduction activities. Following an assessment of the resulting proposals, a single contract for Full Development and Production is expected to be awarded in 2002. The NLAW project has a total value in excess of Pounds Sterling 300m. It is expected to enter service around 2006 and will replace the current light anti-armour weapon, LAW 80, which was last produced in 1993.
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