Saab has received orders from both the Latvian and Estonian armed forces for the CARL-GUSTAF M4 weapon system, the company announced on 26 May. Deliveries will be made 2021-2024.
The orders are placed under the framework agreement with Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), signed last year, allowing all three nations to place orders for the shoulder-launched weapon over a ten-year period. Latvia and Estonia have a 20+-year history with the CARL-GUSTAF system, though these orders are their first for the significantly advanced M4 version.
“The new generation anti-tank grenade launcher CARL-GUSTAF M4 is definitely a big step forward for a soldier who has been trained in this field and has dealt with older versions, the M2, especially in terms of walking with a weapon. The new weapon is half as light. This joint procurement is a very good example of cooperation with neighbouring countries, where the parties reached the most economically advantageous and best deal. Co-operation between defence countries is one of the most important ways to increase the defence capability of our region,” commented Ramil Lipp, Chief of Category (Armament) for the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment.
“Acquisition of the most recent generation recoilless rifle marks another key milestone in Baltic and Nordic cooperation. Joint procurement provides significant economic benefits to both Latvia and Estonia, as well as increasing regional interoperability and cross-training with our allied forces. Procurement of CARL-GUSTAF M4, together with earlier ammunition procurements also greatly improves operational capabilities of the Latvian National Armed Forces and paves way for long-term modernisation of our armed forces,” added Artis Pabriks, Latvia’s Minister of Defence.
The M4 is the latest version of the portable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system. It gives users a wide range of engagement options and allows troops to remain agile and effective in any scenario. It builds on the system's formidable capabilities, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations. The M4 is also compatible with intelligent sighting systems and future technology developments, such as programmable ammunition.