US Production for AT4-based Solution on Offer
Saab and Action Manufacturing announced at AUSA 2021 in Washington, DC, on 11 October, that they have entered into an exclusive strategic teaming agreement to offer US production of the Saab solution for the US Army’s Individual Assault Munition (IAM) programme.
The teaming agreement, signed in July, brings together Saab excellence in ground combat systems with Action Manufacturing’s decades of production experience, supplying precision ordnance for the US armed forces. Saab’s IAM offer allows the US Army to leverage existing industrial, logistical and operator knowledge, along with prior investment in the combat-proven firepower of the company’s M136/AT4 shoulder fired weapon.
“This strategic agreement means Saab’s IAM weapon for the US warfighter will be produced here in the United States by Action Manufacturing, whose experience and expertise will add value to our offer and our customer. This means Saab’s offer for the IAM requirement is strengthening both the individual soldier’s effectiveness and the US industrial base for ground combat weapons,” explained Erik Smith, President and CEO of Saab Inc.
“Action Manufacturing and Saab are a fantastic team for the IAM program. At Action Manufacturing, our employees have been delivering precision ordnance for the US armed forces to the highest of standards. Being chosen to build Saab’s offer for the IAM program is just the kind of work we excel in,” added Sean Gibbs, President and CEO of Action Manufacturing Company.
Saab’s offer for the IAM programme is based on the M136/AT4 family that has been in US service for over 35 years, and is deployed by over 15 countries worldwide. It is a lightweight, simple to use weapon that a dismounted soldier, or one operating from within a confined space, simply aims, fires and destroys the target. Saab’s IAM solution is characterised by exceptional terminal effects against a variety of hardened target types, combined with its ease of use and handling.
The decision to offer US production in this instance forms part Saab’s international growth strategy and aligns with other decisions for domestic production in the U.S. market, as with the aerospace sector for T-7A and in the Surveillance Radar sector with AN/SPS-77.