Carl-Gustaf M4 is one of the most reliable and battle-proven weapons system
Today’s modern infantry forces are increasingly likely to be deployed in urban or complex combat environments as part of anti-insurgency or peacekeeping operations as well as traditional force-on-force conflict scenarios. In these situations, tactical flexibility is key to their success.
Acting in response to the changing nature of global conflict, FFV Ordnance, part of the Swedish defence and security company Saab, has developed a new version of its highly successful multi-role weapon system: Carl-Gustaf M4 (CGM4). Since the introduction of the M1 models in 1948, Carl-Gustaf has become one of the most reliable and battle-proven weapons system in modern military history. CGM4 builds on the system’s already notable flexibility, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations.
“With the introduction of the M4’s new lightweight design, no competitor in the marketplace and no individual weapon system can match what Carl-Gustaf is capable of,” said Bo Thörn, Head of FFV Ordnance.
Lighter, Better, Faster
Thörn explains Saab’s thinking, “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.”
The CGM4 weighs less than seven kilogrammes, making it substantially lighter than its predecessors. 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, meaning it’s easy to carry and handle in different tactical situations. The M4 is, therefore, fully optimised for dismounted soldiers who need a lightweight, high-impact weapon.
The Power to Adapt
With the CGM4, Saab is not just thinking about keeping troops agile in difficult environments. It is also enabling them to deal with a wide range of combat challenges they encounter, meaning that they have a powerful solution for every situation.
The CGM4 system’s combat flexibility comes from its unique range of ammunition including anti-armour, anti-structure, multi-role, anti-personnel and support rounds. With a multitude of tactical options – from destroying armour to creating smoke screens, and all from a single weapon – troops can become a much more effective fighting force. The system is compatible with various sight options including red dot and intelligent sights in addition to the standard telescopic and open sights. This allows users greater flexibility to choose one that suits their specific needs.
To ensure that the CGM4 remains on the cutting-edge of military technological innovation, Saab has designed it with open compatibility with a range of intelligent sights.
“We are planning to do a lot more with the Carl-Gustaf system. We want to continuously develop this winning concept so that it always fits effortlessly into the arsenal of modern dismounted soldiers”, said Bo Thörn.
The new model can now be carried while loaded, enabling users to react faster to threats and tactically relocate when required. An interface informs users exactly how many rounds have been fired through it, so troops can accurately assess when an individual weapon has reached the end of its lifecycle.
“For our users, the Carl-Gustaf system has proven to be very simple to train with and to use. It’s a short step for an individual to have never seen the system to being proficient enough to use it during military operations”, said Bo Thörn.
The CGM4 simultaneously makes use of the best ground combat innovations that is on offer today, while looking to the future and setting out a path for the integration of future technologies.
With decades of heritage behind it and innovation at its core, the M3 gave troops the kind of intelligent system that enabled them to overcome battlefield challenges around the world. Now, with the launch of CGM4, it looks like smart just got smarter.
Key Facts (comparison with previous models)
M2: Weight: 14.2kg, Length: 1130mm
M3: Weight: 10kg, Length: 1065mm
M4: Weight: <7kg, Length: <1000mm
LIGHTER: Builds upon the success of its predecessor by offering an even shorter length and a weight of less than 7 kilos.
INTELLIGENT SIGHT: Compatible with intelligent sight systems, ensuring maximum effect in any tactical situation.
IMPROVED ERGONOMICS: Overall improved ergonomics enables soldiers to adjust the weapon to suit them. Includes an adjustable shoulder rest and front grip.
REDUCED ACTION TIME: Can be carried safely loaded to enable the user to act faster.
ROUND COUNTER: Integrated shot counter for improved logistics and maintenance.
FLEXIBLE: A wide range of ammunition types and sight options ensures unique flexibility for the multi-role Carl-Gustaf M4 user.