Saab’s programmable Carl-Gustaf® munition, designated HE 448, was fired for the primary time in entrance of an viewers at a dwell fireplace occasion in Karlskoga, Sweden. The firings befell 3-4 Could 2022 in entrance of an viewers with representatives from 30 totally different nations and included shoulder-fired engagements demonstrating the capabilities of the brand new programmable Excessive Explosive (HE) spherical. A brand new Fireplace Management System (FCD), designated FCD 558, was additionally demonstarted on the occasion. The brand new HE 448 programmable spherical has the power to speak with the brand new Fireplace Management System 558 by way of a brand new protocol generally known as Firebolt®.

Saab 84mm HE 448 Programmable Munition

“These firings signifies the elevated battlefield capabilities of the HE 448 and that, along with the Fireplace Management System 558, it is able to be delivered to our clients. The HE 448 presents elevated vary and effectiveness towards the goal and has been developed drawing on our shut buyer relationships and our understanding of their necessities. The FCD 558 additionally provides customers a brand new choice for equipping Carl-Gustaf with a extra environment friendly sighting answer than the baseline configuration,” says Michael Höglund, head of Saab’s enterprise unit Floor Fight.


 Saab Carl-Gustaf M4 with Fire Control Device 558
Saab Carl-Gustaf M4 with Fireplace Management System 558 ?

The HE 448 spherical offers the FCD 558 with the precise data on spherical kind and propellant temperature and combines this with goal distance entered by the operator to find out one of the best trajectory. Which means Carl-Gustaf operators will be capable to rapidly configure a chambered spherical and so improve their operational effectiveness. In December 2021, Saab was contracted to ship the brand new HE 448 munition and Fireplace Management System 558 to the Swedish Armed Forces.

Two HE 448 rounds detonate as air burst over a target - high speed camera
Two HE 448 rounds detonate as air burst over a goal – excessive velocity digicam

The Carl-Gustaf is a light-weight, low-cost weapon that makes use of a variety of ammunition, which makes it extraordinarily versatile and appropriate for all kinds of roles. Enhancements to the ammunition have been continuous. Whereas the older HEAT rounds usually are not significantly efficient towards trendy tank armor, the weapon has discovered new life as a bunker-buster with an HEDP spherical. As well as, improved HEAT, excessive explosive (HE), smoke and illumination (star shell or flare) ammunition can be accessible. Developed in 1946, it was one of many many recoilless rifle designs of that period. Whereas related weapons have usually disappeared from service, the Carl-Gustaf continues to be in manufacturing and stays in widespread use immediately.