Monday 15 July, 2024

Pentagon places order for more AT4 systems, Carl-Gustaf ammunition

Saab has received an extension on its framework agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for AT4 systems and Carl-Gustaf ammunition. The agreement was originally signed in 2019 and this extension will allow the U.S. customer to place additional orders of Saab’s close combat solutions for up to USD 422 million.

Additionally, a new order has been signed for USD 104.9 million for deliveries between 2024-2026. The new order includes the AT4CS RS systems and the latest high explosive round for the Carl-Gustaf Weapon System, HE 448 (designated as HE 441E in the U.S). This latest order will support the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

The AT4CS RS is a fully disposable anti-armor system that provides the U.S. Armed Forces with a flexible Shoulder-Launched Munition (SLM). Saab has delivered more than 700,000 AT4 systems in the U.S. since 1985. The Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle is a Multi-purpose Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) that offers warfighters a highly flexible, single-weapon system for any combat situation on the modern battlefield.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is compatible with advanced fire control devices and specialized ammunition, such as HE 448 (designated as HE 441E in the U.S), which provides increased efficiency and greater accuracy. The multi-role fuse on HE 448 (designated as HE 441E in the U.S) can be used in impact mode to destroy soft-skinned vehicles and other semi-hardened targets or in airburst mode to neutralize infantry in open areas or trenches.

“Saab’s shoulder-launched weapons and munitions are unmatched for their effectiveness against a wide range of tactical targets and dramatically improve the survivability of warfighters,” said Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab in the U.S.

“The DoD’s expanded commitment to our close combat solutions validates Saab’s focus on delivering innovative, advanced products that can evolve to meet the long-term needs of our partners. We’re incredibly proud that the U.S. Armed Forces has extended our partnership for close combat systems, which will now exceed four decades and endure for years to come.”

“We are proud that our combat solutions are making a difference for our customers. The expansion of the framework agreement further strengthens our position as a trusted U.S. partner and ensures the armed forces can use AT4CS RS and Carl-Gustaf for years to come,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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