Saab has successfully completed the ground combat systems demonstration of its new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system at the Saab Bofors Test Centre in Karlskoga, Sweden.

The M4 model, which is an upgraded version of Saab’s combat proven Carl-Gustaf M3, is a man-portable shoulder-launched multirole weapon system, designed to provide users with flexible capability and agility in any scenario.

Saab product director and Swedish Army former infantry commander Ulf Eriksson said: "Its lightweight and shorter design, operational flexibility and high accuracy offer a truly powerful combination, not to mention it is as close to recoilless as you can get.

"The M4 has been developed as a response to the evolving needs of our customers and we were very pleased to show the new capabilities to such a distinguished audience."

"The M4 has been developed as a response to the evolving needs of our customers."

Attended by nearly 120 guests from more than 20 countries, the demonstration featured a comprehensive series of successful firings against moving and static targets.

Weighing less than 7kg, the Carl-Gustaf M4 looks familiar to anyone acquainted with the earlier versions, and is claimed to be the logical next step for users who already have experience with the Carl-Gustaf system.

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According to the company, the new weapon is already attracting a high level of interest from customers.

The demonstration also included other Saab products, including the AT4, NLAW anti-tank system and MAPAM mortar ammunition.

Saab Ground Combat Business Unit head Torbjörn Saxmo said: "We wanted our customers to see and know what to expect from our products and how they perform in a force-on-force situation.

"Judging by the response from our guests, the demonstration has proven to be a great success."

The Carl-Gustaf M4 is scheduled to be launched at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) exhibition, which takes place from 13 to 15 October in Washington, D.C., US.

Defence Technology