The purpose of the Close Combat Symposium was to examine future capability requirements for ground maneuver combat forces, both mounted and dismounted, as well as to identify current capability gaps and to examine current and future threats. Representatives from military, procurement agencies, R&D staff and industry from all over the world took part in this year’s event.
"The Close Combat Symposium has become an important annual event and it was great to be part of it," said Alex Anderson, Director Marketing & Sales UK for ground combat systems. "A live firing demonstration to an international audience is a rare opportunity and generates a powerful impact as they get to witness the multi-purpose capabilities of the Carl-Gustaf system."
Saab’s part of the demonstration used a tactical scenario in which Saab personnel acted as an infantry patrol carrying the Carl-Gustaf M4 and a selection of rounds for the weapon. Employing a wide range of ammunition types, the Carl-Gustaf system allows dismounted soldiers to defeat multiple challenges – from neutralizing armoured vehicles to clearing obstacles and engaging enemies in buildings. In the first scenario the patrol engaged and defeated an enemy vehicle using the HEPD 502 (High Explosive Dual Purpose) round set to impact mode. At the same time, the patrol came under fire from an enemy unit positioned inside a building nearby. The patrol returned fire, destroying the enemy position using the HEDP 502 round set to delay mode. A further two enemy positions – this time entrenched outside the effective range of small-arms – were neutralized in less than 60 seconds using four rounds of HE441D rounds set to airburst above their trenches.
The gunner then moved into another firing location without his assistant gunner and fired two more rounds to demonstrate the Carl-Gustaf’s single soldier operation capability. Finally, two smoke rounds were fired to support the team’s withdrawal from their position.
“The Carl-Gustaf is a unique support weapon in that it allows a unit that has come under enemy fire to not only suppress the enemy, but successfully end the engagement with a very limited number of rounds,” said Anders Haster, Director of Business Management for the Ground Combat business unit within Saab's Dynamics business area.
“As the new M4 is qualified to be carried and transported loaded, the reaction time is extremely short. You can basically return fire instantaneously,” said Haster.
The Carl-Gustaf is a world-leading weapon system within the support weapon category. It has been constantly modernized and enhanced to meet users’ changing needs. The latest version, the Carl-Gustaf M4, reduces the weight from 22 lbs to less than 15.5 lbs. Carl-Gustaf is a battle-winning system for soldiers operating in demanding environments.
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