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Slovakia deploys Saab's Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017


Rhenmettall secures framework for German tank ammunition deal
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2017 - Rheinmetall has entered into an initial agreement with the German Bundeswehr for a $43 million deal to supply DM11 120mm tank ammunition.

The framework deal, announced Tuesday, sets the stage for further procurement of combat and training ammunition by the Bundeswehr including a potential order for 5,000 rounds of 120mm training ammunition. Potential contracts under consideration could reach into the hundreds of millions of euros.

The DM11 is a 120mm variable-fuse high explosive round already in service with the U.S. Army's M1 Abrams tanks. It is designed for attacking infantry and destroying fortified positions as opposed to an anti-tank role.

It can be set to explode on impact, time-delayed to explode until after it has penetrated the target, and has an airburst option to detonate in mid-air and shower targets below with shrapnel.

The ammunition would be used on the Bundeswehr Leopard 2 main battle tanks and can be retrofitted with any 120mm smoothbore gun with modern fire control. It has been in use by the Bundeswehr since 2014 and has been exported to other countries using the Leopard 2 tank.

Slovakia has received Saab's new Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon, becoming the first country to deploy the new variant of the weapon system.

The delivery of the 84mm man-portable reusable anti-tank weapon system took place this month, Saab said Tuesday in a news release, but offered no further details of the order.

Slovakia currently uses the M3 variant of the shoulder fired weapon.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 features an improved, lightweight design -- it weighs less than 15.5 pounds -- and offers significant mobility improvements to the soldier. Saab said the M4 is compatible with future battlefield technology developments, such as intelligent sighting systems and programmable ammunition.

"The Slovak Armed Forces are currently equipped with several units of the Carl-Gustaf M3 multi-role weapon and the delivery of the new Carl-Gustaf M4 system demonstrates that we are able to offer the best fitting solutions to our customers," Görgen Johansson, head of Saab's Dynamics business area, said in a press release.

"I am very proud to announce that Slovakia is the first country to integrate the Carl-Gustaf M4 system in its armed forces. Due to the fact that Carl-Gustaf M4 is also compatible with future battlefield technology developments, Slovakia now has a system that will substantially increase its defense capabilities," added Magnus Lewis-Olsson, head of Saab's Europe, Middle East and Africa market area.

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