Defence and security company Saab presents, for the first time on the Latin American continent, the latest battlefield capabilities developed for the AT4 family of disposable shoulder-launched weapons. Also on show is the new, lightweight Carl-Gustaf M4.
Important new capabilities developed by Saab for its AT4 weapons system will be exhibited for the first time at LAAD this year. These enhanced variants deliver extended range (ER) performance and improved high explosive (HE) effects. They enable any soldier to defeat more targets with greater flexibility and in many more scenarios.
The latest AT4 versions were launched into production by a December 2014 order from the French Ministry of Defence procurement branch, the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement). The enhanced AT4 was selected, after a competitive evaluation, to serve as the Roquette Nouvelle Generation (Roquette NG) next-generation shoulder-launched weapon system for the French armed forces.
Now, for the first time in Latin America, these important new capabilities are showcased at LAAD.
“We are very proud to present our new AT4CS HE and AT4CS ER at LAAD for the first time in this region. They have been developed as a direct response to our customers’ needs and we are very pleased to show their new capabilities to a wider audience,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.
The AT4CS ER takes the well-proven anti-armour capability of the AT4CS (Confined Space) and extends its effective range to 600 m. The AT4CS HE provides the soldier with a direct-fire support capability that can engage enemy troops in air-burst or impact mode out to a distance of 1,000 m.
“The new members of our AT4 family further expand the great versatility of the weapon and emphasise its position as the leading disposable shoulder-launched support weapon on the market,” says Matz Öhrman, sales director, Saab market area Latin America.
Saab’s latest Carl-Gustaf M4 is also being presented for the first time at LAAD. The new light-weight Carl-Gustaf M4, weighing less than 7 kg, offers significant weight savings to the soldier. It is also compatible with future battlefield technology such as intelligent sighting systems for programmable ammunition.
“For all users, the Carl-Gustaf system has proven to be very simple to train with and operate. For an individual it’s a short step from seeing the system for the first time to being proficient to use it effectively in military operations,” says Malcolm Arvidsson, product director for the Carl-Gustaf M4.
The Carl-Gustaf M4, as with previous versions of the Carl-Gustaf, has been designed to be a very capable, flexible and easy-to-train solution for both current and new customers.