FFV Ordnance Celebrates 40 years in India
For decades, Saab has been supported in India by its fully owned subsidiary FFV Ordnance in the area of ground combat support weapons. The shoulder-launched weapon system Carl-Gustaf is the flagship of FFV Ordnance´s product family and it has a long and successful history. The Carl-Gustaf system, along with its wide range of ammunition, has been in service with the Indian army subsequent to the first Supply-cum-Cooperation Agreement to produce in India was signed on 17 April 1976. Through its wide variety of ammunition, Carl-Gustaf has made advances as the main shoulder launched weapon in the Indian Army. Today there is an ammunition type optimised for almost every combat situation.

To celebrate 40 years of being in India, FFV Ordnance showcased its new Carl-Gustaf M4, launched in 2014, for the first time at a land defence exhibition in India at the 2016 DefExpo exhibition. The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest man-portable shoulder-launched multi-purpose weapon system from FFV Ordnance, designed to provide users with flexible capability and help troops remain agile in any scenario.

“I am very happy to be here at Defexpo and celebrate 40 years of being in India. Since 1976, FFV Ordnance and the Ordnance Factory Board have been cooperating for the production of the various Carl Gustaf weapon systems and its family of ammunition. We are looking forward to continue to build on and further deepen this four decade cooperation. For me this is very exciting”, says Bo Thörn, Head of FFV Ordnance.

FFV Ordnance is continuously working to make the Carl-Gustaf system even better in order to meet future operational needs, and the newest generation, Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest man-portable shoulder-launched multi-role weapon system designed to provide users with flexible capability and help troops to remain agile in any scenario. The new light-weight Carl Gustaf M4, weighing less than 7 kg, offers significant weight savings to the soldier. It is also compatible with future battlefield technology such as intelligent sighting systems for programmable ammunition. With a wide variety of munitions available, it is a weapon system capable of handling multiple tactical situations, bridging the gap between full scale operations and low intensity conflicts, and providing the modern warfighter with unprecedented flexibility and capability on the battlefield.

“One of the main drivers of the M4’s innovations is the immense burden today’s soldiers face. They need to carry radios, batteries, assault weapons, backpacks and water systems, so any weight we can shave off is going to make a huge difference”, says Bo Thörn.

Switching the steel components to titanium and improving the carbon fibre wrapping was among the ways that this reduction in weight was achieved. The new design is also shorter in length, making it easier to carry and handle in different tactical situations. The M4 is therefore fully optimised for dismounted soldiers who need a lightweight, high-impact weapon.

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