The U.S. Army is testing improvement upgrades to the M3 recoilless rifle to make it more ergonomic, lighter and shorter, according to U.S. Army sources
The M3 recoilless rifle is a multi-role anti-armor and anti-personnel weapon system (MAAWS). Any potential upgrade will be part of a foreign technology program, the Army said in a statement.
The upgraded weapon will be known as the M3E1 when testing and qualifications are completed in the spring. After which, it will be available for procurement by all Defense Department branches.
The M3 recoilless rifle fires a high-explosive round to engage light armored vehicles, bunkers and soft structures.
The upgraded weapon can fire the existing suite of MAAWS ammunition.
Army engineers and weapons experts worked with Sweden’s Saab Bofors Dynamics to test and qualify the weapon.