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Saab Breaks Ground on New Carl-Gustaf Factory in India

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Saab has conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on a manufacturing facility in India that will produce the Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-rocket shoulder-launched weapon for the Indian Armed Forces.

The facility will feature the latest sighting technology and advanced carbon fiber winding, Saab said. The company will use materials from Indian suppliers in manufacturing the weapons in support of the Make in India initiative, which aims to boost the country’s domestic manufacturing sector.

Saab FFVO India, a newly established company, will operate the facility located in Haryana. The site will be Saab’s first manufacturing plant for Carl-Gustaf outside Sweden and the first foreign wholly owned defense production facility in India.

Gorgen Johansson, senior vice president and head of Saab’s business area Dynamics, said Carl-Gustaf “has a long history with the Indian Armed Forces.” The army has used the weapon since 1976.

Coinciding with the groundbreaking ceremony, Saab announced that it won a $1.2 million contract from the Polish Ministry of Defence’s procurement authority to deliver Carl-Gustaf launchers, ammunition and training equipment.

Saab’s CEO and President Micael Johansson said the weapon will strengthen Poland’s ground combat capability and national defense.

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