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Saab has received a contract for its man-portable, multi-role Carl-Gustaf weapon system from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the Swedish company announced on 25 March 2024.

The contract, valued at approximately EUR 60 million, will be fulfilled in the 2024-2027 timeframe.

The NSPA has placed the order on behalf of four NATO member nations under a framework agreement it has with Saab for the Carl-Gustaf system and its ammunition. The recipient NATO nations were not named.

“We are honoured that the NSPA once again has chosen our trusted, reliable and effective Carl-Gustaf system,” Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s Dynamics business area, was quoted as saying in a company press release.

Saab’s ubiquitous Carl-Gustaf 84 mm recoilless rifle is a man-portable, multi-role weapon system that allows dismounted soldiers to effectively deal with multiple challenges on the modern battlefield. The latest M4 version of the Carl-Gustaf offers a number of advantages over its predecessors, such as being shorter than 1 m long and weighing less than 7 kg, thus less cumbersome to carry and use.

Although the M4 is backward-compatible with all legacy Carl-Gustaf ammunition, it is also compatible with programmable ammunition and advanced fire control devices. Addressable targets include armoured vehicles, bunkers, obstacles and even enemy troops in defilade.

In February 2024 Saab announced it had booked a EUR 63 million order from the NSPA in the fourth quarter of 2023 for its AT4 anti-armour weapon. The ultimate destination of the AT4s was also not disclosed.

A soldier with the latest Carl-Gustaf M4. The NSPA has placed an order with Saab for the Carl-Gustaf system on behalf of four NATO member nations under an existing framework agreement. (Photo: Saab)