Saab (Stand N2-230) is hoping that the British Army will once again incorporate the Carl- Gustaf man-portable weapon into its inventory, following a hiatus in operations since the 1990s.
The Dynamics division of the company carried out a demonstration of the anti-tank weapon to the UK in 2016, and Görgen Johansson, head of the business division, said he hopes that the new M4 configuration will appeal to the country’s forces.
‘‘We clearly are world-leading in shoulder-launched weapons,’’ Johansson said. ‘‘The UK is one of the most important markets for us. We have been there a long time and it is an attractive market.’’
The demonstration saw Saab personnel act as infantry patrol carrying the M4, and employed a range of types of ammunition, showing how dismounted soldiers can eliminate different targets using the weapon.
US Special Operations Command uses the Carl- Gustaf, which given the shared approach to operations with the UK, may appeal to the latter to acquire the weapon once again.
Additionally, the company announced at the show that it had signed a framework contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to support future orders of ammunition for Oslo’s M2 and M3 versions of the Carl- Gustaf. It covers orders and delivery of live and training rounds, during the period of 2017-22.
An initial order worth some SEK68 million (£6.4 million) was placed at the same time, and deliveries of this order will take place between 2017 and 2018.
Furthermore, here at DSEI, Saab will be demonstrating the ‘Carl-Gustaf Experience’, which will offer the opportunity for attendees to wear HTC Vive VR goggles to test out using the munition.
Plugged into a launcher, it will be possible to simulate firing the shoulder-launched weapon. The Carl-Gustaf M4 is also on display on the company’s stand.