Saab is offering to Korea its cutting-edge tank systems: the comprehensive 84 mm multi-purpose support weapon system Carl-Gustaf, the same-calibre disposable weapon system AT4, and the dedicated anti-tank missile NLAW.
Saab’s product portfolio in this segment has its roots in Sweden of the 1940s when it was preparing to fend off a large armoured invasion attempt. The Carl-Gustaf system in particular has been continually developed from those days until the present, with gradual improvements over the years.
Saab would like to provide Korea with different anti-tank and similar capabilities, depending on the requirements of its armed forces. At present there are no active programs, but Saab’s long heritage in this field in combination with the advanced users and industry in Korea would make a good match.
Korea’s need for Anti-tank systems
The highly versatile Carl-Gustaf system is a true multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon. The system offers the soldier various types of ammunition, ranging from armour penetration and anti-personnel, to ammunition for built-up areas as well as special features like smoke and illumination. The M3 version of the launcher features significant weight reduction and improvements for urban operations.
The Anti-tank systems are versatile and can be used for many other things along with the over-arching need to destroy armour, such as countering combat troops in the open or bunkers and fortifications. In addition to being able to counter any ground force threat ranging from a main battle tank to troops in trenches to heavy field fortifications, no other systems give as much effect per kilogram carried, a proposition very valuable for both special and regular forces.
Both the AT4 and the Carl-Gustaf systems are already in use in the US Army, opening up for many interoperability and logistical benefits. In terms of long-term operations, the systems are very well established and still at the centre of Saab’s development efforts. This means that besides having a history of effective combat operations, users are assured that there are continuous investments in improving the systems in order to counter future threats.