Swedish arms manufacturer to launch factory in India

    WORLD  29 September 2022 - 07:30

    Swedish arms manufacturer Saab is set to build a new facility in India to produce a shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon, according to a company executive, who noted that the factory would serve New Delhi’s armed forces in addition to more than a dozen other nations.

    The plans were unveiled this week by Saab senior vice president Gorgen Johansson, who said the company would construct a new factory at an unspecified location in India to produce its Carl-Gustaf M4 weapons system, hoping to begin operations sometime in 2024, according to Russia Today.

    “It is a natural step to set up a production facility for Carl-Gustaf M4 in India given the long and close association we have with the Indian Army as one of the foremost users of the system,” he told reporters in New Delhi, adding that Saab would “contribute to the government of India’s goals of developing a world-class defence industry.”

    The factory will produce the versatile shoulder-fired weapon not only for India’s military but for customers in 15 other countries, Johansson added, saying: “we haven't done this in any other country.”

    The new production facility will help satisfy the growing demand for the weapon, as in the wake of the conflict in Ukraine “more countries will seek anti-tank capabilities going forward,” according to Johansson. Ukraine has received at least 100 Carl Gustaf M2 launchers and 2,000 rounds of 84mm ammunition from Canada alone, while the Pentagon sent another 2,000 compatible grenade munitions from its own stockpiles.

    The Carl Gustaf has been in service in India since it was introduced in 1976, undergoing several upgrades over the decades. The Saab executive said the new factory would produce the newer M4 variant only, while previous generations will continue to be manufactured by a partnered local firm, Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL). He offered a few other details about the plans and said the production site had not yet been selected.

    The new investment was announced as New Delhi declared aims to boost weapons production, with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh saying on Tuesday that the country had increased annual exports by around thirteen-fold over the last eight years, from 10 billion rupees ($122 million) to 130 billion ($1.5 billion). By 2025, he said India hopes to push defence exports up to 350 billion rupees ($4.2 billion), and total production to 1.75 trillion ($21.3 billion).

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