Saab receives order for Carl-Gustaf M4
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.