Saab conducts live-fire demonstration of Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system


Saab has successfully completed a live-firing demonstration of its new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system, during the British Army’s Close Combat Symposium at West Lavington, England.

An upgraded version of Saab's Carl-Gustaf M3, the M4 is a man-portable shoulder-launched multirole weapon system, designed to allow military forces to engage multiple tactical targets.

Saab UK ground combat systems Marketing & Sales director Alex Anderson said: “The Close Combat Symposium has become an important annual event and it was great to be part of it.

“A live firing demonstration to an international audience is a rare opportunity and generates a powerful impact as they get to witness the multi-purpose capabilities of the Carl-Gustaf system.”

The demonstration featured a series of successful firings in a tactical scenario. A team from Saab acted as an infantry patrol carrying the Carl-Gustaf M4 and a selection of rounds for the weapon.

"A live firing demonstration to an international audience is a rare opportunity and generates a powerful impact."

During the first scenario, the patrol engaged and defeated an enemy vehicle using the high-explosive dual-purpose (HEPD) 502 round, set to impact mode.

Two more rounds were fired to demonstrate the weapon’s single-soldier operation capability.

At the end of the exercise, the team withdrew from their position after firing two smoke rounds.

The Carl-Gustaf system enables dismounted soldiers to tackle multiple challenges, such as neutralising armoured vehicles, clearing obstacles and engaging enemies in buildings.

The Close Combat Symposium was conducted to examine future capability requirements for ground manoeuvre combat forces, as well as identify current capability gaps and threats, Saab said in a statement.


Image: Saab has successfully completed the live-firing demonstration of its new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system. Photo: courtesy of Saab.