SAAB AT-4 man-portable anti-tank weapon selected by Indian Armed Forces


According to information released on January 20, 2022, Saab’s AT4 man-portable anti-tank weapon weapon has been selected by the Indian Armed Forces through a competitive program for a single-shot weapon. AT4 will be used by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.
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A U.S. Marine assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducts an AT-4 light anti-armor weapon familiarization exercise at Fort Pickett. (Picture source U.S. DoD)


The Indian Armed Forces are a new customer for AT4. This order includes the AT4CS AST, which can be fired from confined spaces such as from inside buildings, bunkers and other urban environments. The AT4CS AST offers a tandem warhead with a breach or blast mode, which is optimised to defeat enemies within buildings and to destroy structures, which can create a point of access into them. The contract was signed by FFV Ordnance AB, responsible for Saab’s Ground Combat offer in India.

“We are honored that the Indian Armed Forces, which are already users of our Carl-Gustaf system, have also selected Saab for their single-shot weapon need. The Indian Army and Indian Air Force can be confident in the knowledge that they have the necessary firepower to give them the advantage,” says Görgen Johansson, Head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

AT4 is one of the most popular and successful support weapon families on the market. Operated by a single soldier, this single-shot system has proven efficacy against structures, landing craft, helicopters, armored vehicles, and personnel. 

The ordnance division of Forenade Fabriksverken (FFV), a Swedish state-owned company, developed the AT-4. Development started in 1976; manned firing started in the spring of 1981, which lead to mass production in 1984. The AT-4 is an organic weapon located in the infantry battalion.

The AT-4 is a light, recoil-less, antitank weapon for close-range combat, designed to let part of the propellant gases escape to the rear. Additionally, it is a discardable, self-contained rocket launcher. The ordnance division of Forenade Fabriksverken (FFV), a Swedish state-owned company, developed the AT-4. Development started in 1976; manned firing started in the spring of 1981, which lead to mass production in 1984.

The AT-4 is a light, recoil-less, antitank weapon for close-range combat, designed to let part of the propellant gases escape to the rear. Additionally, it is a discardable, self-contained rocket launcher. the AT-c an used different type of ammunition including HEAT (high-explosive anti-tank), AST (anti-structure tandem-warheads), ER, HE (high explosive), HP, and RS (reduced sensitivity). It has a firing from 200 to 600 m and can penetrate armor up to 460  mm with AT4CS ER.  


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