Saab re­ceives or­der for Carl-Gustaf M4

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Delfednce News -

In his ad­dress, Rus­sian Am­bas­sador Igor Ana­tolye­vich Kho­vaev, on board the vis­it­ing Rus­sian naval ASW frigate Ad­mi­ral Tributs, stated that “It is not a choice be­tween th­ese part­ners and those ones. Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion means pre­serv­ing and keep­ing old tra­di­tional part­ners and get­ting new ones. So Rus­sia is ready to be­come a new re­li­able part­ner and a close friend of the Philip­pines.…We are ready to sup­ply small arms and light weapons, some air­craft, he­li­copters, sub­marines and many, many other weapons. So­phis­ti­cated weapons. Not the sec­ond-hand ones.”

Two Rus­sian war­ships made a four-day visit to the Philip­pines in the first week of Jan­uary 2017, the first of­fi­cial navy-to-navy con­tact be­tween the two coun­tries. Rear Ad­mi­ral Ed­uard Mikhailov, head of the Flotilla of the Rus­sian Navy Pa­cific Fleet, said Rus­sia wanted to hold mar­itime ex­er­cises with the Philip­pines “to help com­bat ter­ror­ism and piracy.” and pro­vide the nec­es­sary pre­ci­sion and flex­i­bil­ity to ad­dress cur­rent and fu­ture threats,” stated Raanan Horowitz, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of El­bit Sys­tems Amer­ica.

Saab have been con­tracted for their new Carl-Gustaf M4 mul­ti­role weapon sys­tem,this be­ing the fourth (and most sig­nif­i­cant) cus­tomer for the sys­tem since its launch in late 2014, with de­liv­er­ies to take place dur­ing 2017. This new ver­sion is of a light­weight de­sign (weigh­ing less than 7 kg), has a round counter and in­tel­li­gent fea­tures, such as com­pat­i­bil­ity with fu­ture in­no­va­tions like the in­tel­li­gent sight­ing sys­tems and pro­gram­mable am­mu­ni­tion, which col­lec­tively of­fer sig­nif­i­cant op­er­a­tional im­prove­ments for the sol­dier.

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