Saab to Provide Carl-Gustaf Ammunition to Norway

The Norwegian Armed Forces has signed a long-term contract with Saab to supply ammunition for the latest variant of the Carl-Gustaf.

The 15-year framework deal includes the provision of programmable high-explosive HE 448 rounds.

The ammunition features a multi-role fuse that can be fired in impact mode to penetrate soft and semi-hardened vehicles or airburst mode to neutralize infantry in open fields or trenches.

“We are pleased to continue to support the Norwegian Armed Forces with our Carl-Gustaf ammunition. These munitions will further strengthen Norwegian defence capability,” Saab Dynamics Head Görgen Johansson said.

The diversity of ammo compatible with Carl-Gustaf M4 “further strengthens the system’s tactical flexibility, enabling faster engagement, increased hit probability and greater effectiveness for soldiers,” according to the firm.

Since 2014, Saab has sold the weapon to 13 other nations.

Carl-Gustaf M4 grenade launcher
Carl-Gustaf M4 grenade launcher developed by Saab. Photo: US Army

Recent Norwegian Military Modernization

Norway adapted the Carl-Gustaf M4 in January 2021. The multi-role weapon has greater accuracy and compatibility with future modifications.

This year, Norway has signed multiple contracts to modernize its armed forces capabilities. In June, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency ordered Black Hornet nano drones from American technology firm Teledyne FLIR for $48 million.

In July, the country procured the “StormBreaker” network-enabled bomb from the US Air Force as part of its integration of smart weapons into the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s F-35 jet fighters.

The same month, Norway awarded a $15.2-million contract to German company Hensoldt to supply upgraded versions of Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) technology to military ground units. The deal includes the delivery of Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radars and LTR400 DNG transponders already installed in UK, German, and French naval ships.

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