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Saab Reveals New Programmable Carl-Gustaf Munition

Combination of Munition and FCD Increases Operational Effectiveness

This week, before an international audience in Karlskoga, Sweden, Saab demonstrated the capabilities of the new, programmable ammunition for the Carl-Gustaf weapon system: the HE 448.

Representatives from over 30 nations watched a demonstration of the capabilities of the HE round and the Fire Control Device (FCD) 558. The ammunition and the FCD communicate via the new Firebolt protocol: the HE 448 round provides the FCD with precise information on round type and propellant temperature which, combined with target distance entered by the operator, determines the optimum trajectory. This enables operators to quickly configure a chambered round, thereby increasing operational effectiveness. Saab was contracted last December to deliver both munitions and FCD to the Swedish armed forces.

These firings indicates the increased battlefield capabilities of the HE 448 and that, together with the Fire Control Device 558, it is ready to be delivered to our customers. The HE 448 offers increased range and effectiveness against the target and has been developed drawing on our close customer relationships and our understanding of their requirements. The FCD 558 also gives users a new option for equipping Carl-Gustaf with a more efficient sighting solution than the baseline configuration,” explained Michael Höglund, head of Saab’s business unit Ground Combat.

In related news, the company has also received an order from Denmark for the Carl-Gustaf M4, making Copenhagen the 15th customer for the latest version of the recoilless infantry weapon system. Deliveries will take place this year. The Danish armed forces have been using the Carl-Gustaf – designated Dysekanon in Danish service – since the 1970s.

Two HE 448 rounds exploding over a target during demonstrations in Sweden in early May. (Saab)

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