In October 2014, acting in response to the changing nature of global conflict, Saab unveiled the new version of its highly successful multi-role weapon system - Carl-Gustaf M4 (CGM4).
Since the introduction of the M1 models in 1948, Carl-Gustaf has become one of the most reliable and battle-proven weapons system in modern military history. CGM4 builds on the system’s already notable flexibility, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations.
“With the introduction of the M4’s new lightweight design, no competitor in the marketplace and no individual weapon system can match what our Carl-Gustaf is capable of,” states Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab’s Business Area Dynamics.
Lighter, better, faster
The CGM4 weighs less than seven kilogrammes, making it substantially lighter than its predecessors. Switching the steel components to titanium and improving the carbon fibre wrapping was among the ways that this reduction in weight was achieved.
“One of the main drivers of the M4’s innovations is the immense burden today’s soldiers face. They need to carry radios, batteries, assault weapons, backpacks and water systems, so any weight we can shave off is going to make a huge difference”, explains Görgen Johansson.
The new design is also shorter in length, meaning it’s easy to carry and handle in different tactical situations. The M4 is therefore fully optimised for dismounted soldiers who need a lightweight, high-impact weapon.
The power to adapt
With the CGM4, Saab is not just thinking about keeping troops agile in difficult environments. It is also enabling them to deal with a wide range of combat challenges they encounter, meaning that they have a powerful solution for every situation.
The Carl-Gustaf M4 system’s combat flexibility comes from its unique range of ammunition including anti-armour, anti-structure, multi-role, anti-personnel and support rounds. With a multitude of tactical options – from destroying armour to creating smoke screens, and all from a single weapon – troops can become a much more effective fighting force. The system is compatible with various sight options including red dot and intelligent sights in addition to the standard telescopic and open sights. This allows users greater flexibility to choose one that suits their specific needs.
To ensure that the CGM4 remains on the cutting-edge of military technological innovation, Saab has designed it with open compatibility with a range of intelligent sights. Lars-Örjan Hovbrandt, Technical Sales Support within Saab’s Ground Combat business unit, points towards the future saying, “we are planning to do a lot more with the Carl-Gustaf system. We want to continuously develop this winning concept so that it always fits effortlessly into the arsenal of modern dismounted soldiers.”
The new model can now be carried while loaded, enabling users to react faster to threats and tactically relocate when required. An interface informs users exactly how many rounds have been fired through it, so troops can accurately assess when an individual weapon has reached the end of its lifecycle.
Torbjörn Saxmo, Head of Business Unit Ground Combat, elaborates: “For our users, the Carl-Gustaf system has proven to be very simple to train with and to use. It’s a short step for an individual to have never seen the system to being proficient enough to use it during military operations.”
The CGM4 simultaneously makes use of the best ground combat innovations that today has to offer, while looking to the future and setting out a path for the integration of future technologies.
With decades of heritage behind it and innovation at its core, the M3 gave troops the kind of intelligent system that enabled them to overcome battlefield challenges around the world. Now, with the launch of Carl-Gustaf M4, it looks like smart just got smarter.
Want to find out more? Meet Lars-Örjan, technical sales support, at our stand at DSEI.