Two months after the event Swedish defence and security company Saab announced that it had successfully demonstrated the new Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system during the British Army’s Close Combat Symposium (CCS) live firing demonstration at West Lavington, England on 20 July.
The M4 is lighter and shorter than its predecessors weighing less than 7kg and under 1m long compared to 10kg and 1.06m for the M3 version and 14.2kg and 1.13m for the M2. It is compatible with intelligent sight systems and has an integrated shot counter for improved logistics and maintenance. In addition, “as the new M4 is qualified to be carried and transported loaded, the reaction time is extremely short. You can basically return fire instantaneously,” says Anders Haster, Director Business Management, at business unit Ground Combat within business area Dynamics.
Representatives from the military, procurement agencies, R&D staff and industry from all over the world took part in this year’s CCS, designed to examine future capability requirements for ground manoeuvre combat forces, both mounted and dismounted, as well as to identify current capability gaps and examine current and future threats.
Saab’s part of the demonstration used a tactical scenario in which Saab personnel played the part of an infantry patrol carrying the Carl-Gustaf M4 and a selection of rounds for the weapon. 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 nearby building. 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 neutralised 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.