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13 October 2015

AUSA 2015: Saab Details Several Carl-Gustaf Orders

Saab has received the first order for the new Carl-Gustaf M4 system from the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic. Saab has furthermore received an order from the US Army for the shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (reduced sensitivity) anti-armour weapon system. Deliveries are expected to take place during 2016.

AT4 (Photo: Saab)

Saab has furthermore received an ammunition order from US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system, known in the US as MAAWS. The order comes under the terms of Saab's framework contract announced with USSOCOM in August 2014 for the 84-mm recoilless rifle system. Deliveries are expected to take place during 2015 and 2016.

The AT4 is one of the most successful anti-armour weapons ever developed. Great flexibility means it is not limited to combating tanks and heavy combat vehicles; it is equally effective against landing craft, aircraft and helicopters, as well as armoured vehicles. It can also be employed to protect fixed installations, supply points and other vital assets. The product range includes AT4 HEAT (high explosive anti-tank), confined space (CS) and anti-structure tandem (CS AST) variants. In 2014, new versions of the weapon were introduced to the market. These new variants are part of the proven AT4CS family and build upon Saab's modular 84-mm product range including the Carl-Gustaf multi-purpose reloadable weapon system and the AT4 family of disposable weapons. The new AT4 variants - the AT4CS ER (extended range) and AT4CS HE (high explosive) -- provide multi-purpose, direct fire support with confined space capabilities. The AT4CS RS is a disposable, preloaded weapon with a specially developed, unique shaped-charge warhead that delivers outstanding behind-armour-effects inside the target. Thanks to this new warhead the AT4CS RS also has improved insensitive munition (IM) characteristics.