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Saab Secures US AT4 and Ammunition Order

[© Saab: Lear Miller]

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has expanded a current framework agreement with Saab for AT4 systems and Carl-Gustaf ammunition.

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Press Release, Linköping, 18 September 2023: The US Department of Defense (DoD) has expanded a current framework agreement with Saab for AT4 systems and Carl-Gustaf ammunition. A new order has also been signed valued at US$104.9 million with deliveries during 2024-2026.

The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) framework agreement was originally signed in 2019. The extension will allow the US customer to place orders of Saab’s world-leading close combat solutions for up to an additional US$ 422 million. The new order within the framework agreement includes AT4CS RS systems and the latest high explosive round for Carl-Gustaf Weapon System, HE 448, designated as HE 441E in the US. This latest order will support the US Army, US Special Operations Command and the US Marine Corps.

“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 US.

“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 US 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 US 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.

The AT4CS RS is a man-portable and fully disposable anti-armour system that provides the US Armed Forces with a proven, flexible Shoulder-Launched Munition (SLM). Beginning with the US Army in 1985, Saab has delivered more than 700,000 AT4 systems in the US. Fifteen countries around the world currently deploy the AT4CS RS and or its variants.

Library image of US Paratroopers from 1-508 PIR reloading a Carl-Gustaf during live-fire training on Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 21 in Estonia [© Bob Morrison]

The Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle is a Multi-purpose Anti-armour 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 specialised ammunition, such as the HE 448 (designated as HE 441E in the US), which provides increased efficiency and greater accuracy. The multi-role fuse on HE 448 (designated as HE 441E in the US) can be used in impact mode to destroy soft-skinned vehicles and other semi-hardened targets, or in airburst mode to allow neutralisation of infantry in the open or in open trenches.

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