Norway has signed a framework agreement with Saab for the CARL GUSTAF M4 infantry support weapon, and has placed an initial delivery order for quantities to be supplied in 2021, the company announced on 11 January.

The agreement allows the Norwegian armed forces to place orders for the weapon, associated equipment and training systems over a 7-year period. Norway has been a user of the CARL GUSTAF M2 system since the early 1970s: both it and the M3 versions remain in current service.

The M4 is the latest version of the portable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system, giving users a wide range of engagement options and allowing troops to remain agile and effective in any scenario. It builds on the system's formidable capabilities, offering a higher degree of accuracy, lighter construction and compatibility with future innovations. The M4 is also compatible with intelligent sighting systems and future technology developments, such as programmable ammunition. Since the launch in 2014, Saab has signed contracts with fourteen different nations for the CARL GUSTAF M4.

Norwegian troops, seen here firing the CARL GUSTAF M3, will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of the modernised and more effective M4 variant. (Photo: Saab)

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