The framework agreement will allow FMV to place orders during a 10-year period. An initial order for Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons, of approximately 330 million Swedish kroner ($50.8 million), has been placed with deliveries taking place during 2020-23.
Since 1948, the Carl-Gustaf multi-purpose weapon system has been supporting dismounted infantry around the world in dealing with a full range of battlefield challenges. The new version, Carl-Gustaf M4, launched in 2014, has all the effectiveness and versatility of the Carl-Gustaf system but its improved and lightweight design offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier.
Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area dynamics, said, "We are happy to announce that the Swedish Armed Forces, the first and original user of the Carl-Gustaf system, have decided to modernise their shoulder-fired support-weapon capability. This order will provide the Swedish soldiers with the most modern support weapons, ammunition and accessories."
In 2018, FMV placed the first order to provide the Swedish Armed Forces with the latest version of the Carl-Gustaf system. The framework agreement recently signed is the beginning of larger investments in the system, to eventually have the entire Swedish Armed Forces equipped with the Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon along with upgrades for ammunition and accessories.
The framework agreement allows FMV to make quick and cost effective purchasing on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces with a minimum of red tape. In addition, the Estonian and Latvian Armed Forces are also allowed to purchase under this framework agreement.
The Carl-Gustaf M4 builds on the system's capabilities, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations. The M4 is also compatible with future battlefield technology developments such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition. Since the launch in 2014, Saab has signed contracts with 11 different nations for the Carl-Gustaf M4.
The Carl-Gustaf has seen extensive operational service with the Australian Army, and moving to the M4 weapon represents the continued modernisation of this lethality system.
The M4's new features include:
- Lighter: Builds upon the success of its predecessor by offering an even shorter length and a weight of less than seven kilograms;
- Intelligent sight: Compatible with intelligent sight systems, ensuring maximum effect in any tactical situation;
- Improved economics: Overall improved ergonomics enables soldiers to adjust the weapon to suit them. Includes an adjustable shoulder rest and front grip;
- Reduced action time: Unit can be carried safely while loaded to enable the user to act faster; and
- Round counter: Integrated shot counter for improved logistics and maintenance.