The US Department of Defense (DoD) has bolstered its collaboration with Saab, expanding an existing agreement for AT4 Systems and Carl-Gustaf ammunition, while also sealing a new $104.9 million order set for delivery between 2024 and 2026.
The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) framework agreement, initially inked in 2019, has now been extended, granting the US customer the capacity to procure Saab’s top-tier close combat solutions for an additional sum of up to USD 422 million, announced the company.
Under this extended framework, the new order encompasses AT4CS RS systems and the latest high-explosive round for the Carl-Gustaf Weapon System, designated as HE 441E in the US, with the aim of bolstering the capabilities of 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,” he added.
The AT4CS RS is a portable, disposable anti-armor system used by the US Armed Forces as a Shoulder-Launched Munition (SLM). Saab has delivered over 700,000 AT4 systems to the US since 1985, and it is deployed in 15 countries worldwide.
The Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle is a Multi-purpose Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) offering versatility on the modern battlefield. The Carl-Gustaf M4 is compatible with advanced fire control devices and specialized ammunition, such as the HE 448 (HE 441E in the US), providing enhanced efficiency and accuracy.
The multi-role fuse on HE 448 (HE 441E in the US) can be used in impact mode to destroy soft-skinned vehicles and semi-hardened targets or in airburst mode to neutralize infantry in open terrain or trenches.