SAAB’s М4 weapon system integrates smart next-gen fire control device
STOCKHOLM ($1=9.27 Swedish Krona) — One of the most popular grenade launchers – Carl-Gustaf M4 of the Swedish company SAAB soon will begin to offer an intelligent solution for fire control – AFCD TI or Advanced Fire Control Device Thermal Imager. The Finnish company Senop is developing AFCD TI and together with its Swedish colleagues will offer customers the equivalent of the well-known M3E1 in the USA and M3 portable multifunctional weapon systems.
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SAAB said Senop and SAAB had worked hard over the past three years to provide a precise fire control system that would continue to ensure the effectiveness of the Carl-Gustaf M4. AFCD TI is a technological leap and cost-effective optimized 24/7 usability, the company said.
AFCD TI is an intelligent sight that provides an excellent probability of hitting from the first round on both stationary and moving targets, using the parameters of the sight and weapon system. Once the target is captured, the system gives the soldier the target range, the type of ammunition to use, calculates the ambient temperature. The additional information that the gunner receives using AFCD TI is the barometric pressure, terrain and elevation angle, and angular velocity.
AFCD TI is designed to meet customer requirements, regardless of the country of operation of the grenade launcher. The system interface can be easily customized in different languages or units. The maximum range of the intelligent optical fire control system is 3000 m. At target size 2.3 x 2.3 m, visibility 10 km, target reflectivity 30%, detection probability 90%.
AFCD TI has a resolution of 800 x 600 px, USB port, water resistance IP67, and can operate in a relatively high-temperature range – from -40 degrees Celsius to +63 degrees Celsius. There are various sensors installed, as well as the ability to work with remote control.
“We are happy with Senop’s collaboration on the development of truly integrated fire control systems for Carl-Gustaf,” explains Michael Höglund, Head of the Ground Combat business unit at SAAB.
“We are proud to be part of building a whole new concept for all Carl-Gustaf users around the world. AFCD TI offers several performance-enhancing functionalities in the same device, which is a significant difference compared to a traditional day sight and Clip-On combination,” shares Aki Korhonen, Managing Director of Senop.
SAAB says that the certification for joint work between the Karl-Gustaf M4 grenade launcher and AFCD TI will be forthcoming soon, after which both companies will start offering it to their customers as a purchase option.
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