Estonia received 300 sets of Carl-Gustaf M4 grenade launcher

2021-12-14 12:58:17 By : Ms. Yvette Young

The Estonian Defense Force (EDF) has received 300 sets of Carl-Gustaf M4 grenade launchers from Saab to replace its aging, heavier M203.

The weapon weighs approximately 7 kilograms (15 pounds) and can fire armor-piercing grenades, anti-structural and anti-personnel ammunition, and smoke and lighting grenades.

The weapon is designed to destroy heavy armored tanks, neutralize landing craft and bunkers, clear obstacles, and engage enemies in buildings.

Ramil Lip, an official of the Estonian Defense Investment Center (ECDI), said that the Karl-Gustav M4 will significantly improve the military's short-range anti-tank capabilities.

Through its recent purchases, Estonia has become one of 14 countries that have purchased the latest grenade launchers from Saab in addition to the United States and several other NATO member states.

Lipp revealed that the Estonian military plans to use this weapon with the country's M320 grenade launcher.

He also stated that the procurement of new weapons is another example of close cooperation between Baltic countries to enhance defense capabilities.

At the same time, Saab’s head of ground operations, Michael Hoglund, expressed his satisfaction with the company’s recent deal with Estonia, stating that the weapons he currently possesses will remain “solid and reliable” for the next few years.

Major Risto Pärtel, EDF Ordnance Director, said that this new weapon can improve the accuracy and speed of missions due to its light weight and relatively small size.

The Carl-Gustaf M4 grenade launcher is equipped with a standard clip-on telescope sight, allowing soldiers to install thermal sights or image intensifiers to perform tasks performed in low light.

In addition, the weapon's guided munitions can accurately strike stationary or moving targets up to 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) away.

With its anti-tank capabilities, the weapon can be deployed in counter-insurgency missions and traditional force-to-force conflicts in urban or complex combat environments.

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