Swedish firm Saab has secured a nearly Skr100m ($11.67m) order to deliver Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons and related ammunition to the Estonian Armed Forces.
The latest order was placed under a joint-framework agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) that enables Estonia to place orders for Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons and ammunition during a ten year period. Latvia is also a partner in the agreement.
Notably, the Estonian Armed Forces has been using Carl-Gustaf, a man-portable multipurpose shoulder-launched weapon system, for more than two decades.
The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest version of the system and can be used to destroy armoured tanks, clear obstacles and neutralise landing craft and bunkers.
The system can be equipped with intelligent sighting systems, as well as future technology developments such as programmable ammunition.
Estonian Centre for Defence Investment strategic category manager of weaponry Ramil Lipp said: “The cooperation between the Estonian and Swedish company Saab has been highly appreciated by both parties and we are satisfied that, despite the severe effects of the pandemic, we received last year’s order on time, considering how many companies had supply problems.
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“We have now also placed a second order with a capacity of approximately 250 Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons to replace the previously used Carl-Gustaf M2. We are particularly pleased that Saab has further increased its production capacity, and that the first deliveries will be reaching us already by the end of this year.”
Saab Dynamics business area head Görgen Johansson said: “It’s a great achievement to see further investments in our Carl-Gustaf system, and it is proof of the customer’s satisfaction with the solution.”
Last month, Swedish Armed Forces placed an order with Saab for Carl-Gustaf M4 Ground Combat Indoor Trainer.