Future of Alcotan-100 Hangs on Spanish Army Procurement
(Source: Forecast International; issued July 9, 2010)
NEWTOWN, Conn. --- The initial serial production run of the Alcotan-100 for Spanish Army procurement reportedly ended in 2007. To date, the Spanish Army is apparently the only customer for this weapon system.

The Alcotan-100 remains within the high end of the market, given its unit price and level of incorporated technology. Despite its technical merits and the steadily improving reputation of Instalaza, the Aloctan-100 faces an already inundated international market and a domestic market limited in size.

Ongoing combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq highlight the infantryman's increasing need for lightweight, shoulder-fired weapons that are effective against a variety of targets. The Alcotan-100 and its associated line of munitions should be particularly well suited to fill this need. Yet, we have not been able to confirm whether Spanish troops have even employed the Alcotan-100 in combat.

Without a proven combat record to promote in today's glutted international market, the Alcotan-100 remains at a distinct marketing disadvantage. Indeed, we have no evidence that the Alcotan-100 has scored any export sales to date.

Regardless of the potential for export orders, production at a moderate level for possible Spanish Army follow-on orders may resume this year. However, without a proven combat record, the Alcotan-100 may be unable to realize its sales potential on the international market. (ends)



Armbrust Fails to Capitalize on International Demand
(Source: Forecast International; issued July 9, 2010)
NEWTOWN, Conn. --- Production of the Armbrust light anti-tank weapon continues on an as-needed basis. The Armbrust has never really caught on in the glutted international market.

The Armbrust suffers in comparison to its many competitors due to its relatively poor anti-armor performance. Consequently, it is no longer suitable for frontline use against modern heavy armor.

The Armbrust is much better suited for specialized and second echelon military units, internal security units, and national police. Its ability to safely fire from an enclosed space makes it an ideal weapon for military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) scenarios - e.g., counterterrorist operations. Yet, even the recent surge in demand for shoulder-fired rocket systems has not significantly helped the Armbrust. Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd maintains a low-key marketing effort, primarily supplying the Armbrust to special military units, police, and other internal security units.

In September 2004, the Singapore Ministry of Defense unveiled the 90mm Matador short-range anti-armor weapon (SRAAW) as the eventual replacement for the Armbrust. When the Matador enters serial production, the Armbrust will lose its most reliable customer, the Singapore armed forces.

The Armbrust is still an effective weapon against light-skinned vehicles and minor structures; it may still be able to score a moderate level of sales. Nevertheless, with the introduction of the Matador, the days of Armbrust production are clearly numbered. (ends)
Sweden, France and U.S Remain Primary AT4 Customers
(Source: Forecast International; issued July 9, 2010)
NEWTOWN, Conn. --- Serial production of the AT4 is ongoing for domestic Swedish Army procurement and export.

While the anti-armor capabilities of the AT4 are nothing spectacular for a weapon of this class, the AT4CS (Confined Space) variant - integrating the ability to safely fire from an enclosed space with the proven AT4 design - is proving to be a major factor in AT4 sales. With the growing threat of urban combat in an asymmetric warfare environment, the advantages of the AT4CS become particularly attractive.

In April 2004, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) awarded Saab Bofors Dynamics a $14 million contract for the AT4CS.

In May 2007, the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command awarded Saab Bofors Dynamics a $7.1 million contract for 3,500 M136/AT4 anti-armor rockets.

As indicated by the U.S. Department of Defense FY11 budget documentation (February 2010), the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps intend to continue procurement of AT4CS weapons through 2011.

Sweden, France, and the United States will remain the three primary customers for the AT4 through 2019.

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