Saab’s Carl-Gustaf expands to India and signs deals with Poland

In a move to strengthen its presence in key defense markets, Saabthe Swedish defense and aerospace company, has embarked on two endeavors – building a new manufacturing facility in India and signing a contract with Poland to supply Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons, ammunition and training equipment.

The ceremony for Saab’s new Carl-Gustaf production facility in India marks a moment for the company, marking its first manufacturing venture outside of Sweden. Located in the state of Haryana, the facility represents an investment by Saab, further strengthening its commitment to the Indian market. With the establishment of Saab FFVO India Pvt Ltd, the company aims to leverage India’s industry and workforce to produce the Carl-Gustaf M4, a weapon system with a history of service in the Indian Armed Forces since 1976.

“It is a testament to the strong bilateral relationship between our countries,” remarked Görgen Johansson, senior vice president and head of Saab’s Dynamics business area, during the ceremony. “I am proud to start construction on our first facility outside of Sweden for Carl-Gustaf, a product that has a long history with the Indian Armed Forces. We look forward to starting production of our excellent product, which is now manufactured and manufactured in India.”

At the same time, Saab signed a contract with Poland, worth SKr 12.9 billion ($1.3 billion), for the delivery of Carl-Gustaf M4 systems during the period 2024-2027. This contract shows the confidence of the Polish Ministry of Defense in Saab’s capabilities and confirms the company’s position as a global supplier of ground combat solutions.

“We are honored to deepen our partnership with the Polish Armed Forces through this important contract,” said Micael Johansson, CEO and President of Saab. “The flexibility and efficiency of the Carl-Gustaf system make it an invaluable asset in strengthening Poland’s defense capabilities and safeguarding national security.”

The Carl-Gustaf system is still the cornerstone of modern ground combat operations. With its latest version, the Carl-Gustaf M4, Saab offers a man-portable solution to address a range of mission requirements.

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In recent years, Saab has received orders from various countries for Carl-Gustaf ammunition and systems. Australia, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the UK and the US have placed orders totaling millions of dollars.

Throughout 2023, Saab saw steady sales of the Carl-Gustaf system, driven by factors such as lessons learned from conflicts such as the Ukraine-Russia war – the cumulative value of these deals exceeds $500 million (5.2 SKr billion).

As Saab advances its presence in India and strengthens its partnerships in Poland, the company reaffirms its commitment to provide defense solutions tailored to the evolving needs of its global clientele.

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