India buys 84mm AT4 anti-tank system with tandem warhead

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NEW DELHI, ($1=74.49 Indian Rupees) – The Indian army will acquire the anti-tank 84mm system of Saab AT4CS AST, which works with a tandem warhead, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing a press release from SAAB, Sweden. According to shared information, India has fully accepted the offer of the Swedish manufacturer and the contract has already been signed.

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AT4CS AST is an anti-tank system from the AT4 family. Depending on the model, the anti-tank systems of this family have a striking range of 200 to 1000 meters. India’s chosen AT4CS AST has a range of 200 meters, but there is no information on exactly what type of armor pierces this version of the AT4.

It is known that AT4CS AST light and comfortable anti-tank system. The soldier fired once with precise aiming and defeat, then threw the cannon. AT4CS AST can operate in enclosed spaces, bunkers, and densely populated urban environments. The Swedes say that AT4CS AST is a completely suitable system for destroying buildings or urban structures, thus creating an access point to them.

The AT4CS AST uses a tandem warhead. The tandem warhead means that the anti-tank system fires one projectile with two charges – a preliminary charge and the main charge. Each of the charges has a fuse and is activated differently. The pre-charge fuse is released when entering the bumper, while the main charge fuse is activated by the pre-projectile explosion. It is very important when using a double-barreled projectile or tandem warhead to accurately determine the time of the first explosion. When this is done time of the shockwave imparts the required delay period.

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India’s purchase of the AT4CS AST anti-tank system is not the first product chosen by Saab. In recent years, the Swedes have successfully sold the Carl-Gustaf grenade launcher to New Delhi, which is also quite popular around the world.

Gjorgen Johansson, head of the Saab Dynamics business zone, said in a statement to the media that “the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force can be confident in the knowledge that they have the necessary firepower to give them an advantage.”

AT4CS AST allows it to mount an optical system through Picatini mounting. Most often in this type of anti-tank missiles with a short-range (200 m.) Is used mainly collimator sight with a red or green dot and a minimum magnification of 1x, or red/infrared laser target designators.

Other products from the AT4 family are AT4 HEAT, ATCS HP, AT4CS RS, AT4CS ER, and AT4CS HE. Their weight varies in contrast to two kilograms – from 7 to 9 kg.

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