The Estonian Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Course (JNCO) organised by the Estonian Land Forces Kalev Infantry Battalion was held on the Sirgala coaching floor. The Kalev Infantry Battalion is part of the first Infantry Brigade and its major process is to coach conscription-based mechanized infantry items. Capturing abilities exams had been performed on the capturing camp, and for the primary time the scholars might attempt firing the MG3 machine gun and the brand new Carl-Gustaf weapon. Dwell firing workout routines passed off as much as part degree. As well as, capturing was additionally executed utilizing night time imaginative and prescient gadgets in situations of restricted visibility.

“The capturing was attention-grabbing. It was thrilling to attempt totally different weapons. Adrenaline was excessive at occasions, particularly throughout night time shootings with an evening imaginative and prescient gadget,” mentioned scholar Renzo Limbak from Kalev’s infantry battalion.


“You may be utterly glad with the scholars. They had been good and prepared. There’s nonetheless room for enchancment, however that’s what we prepare for,” mentioned Captain Aleksei Gussev, commander of the junior non-commissioned officer course.

Future Estonian Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Course (JNCO) with Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle. (Picture by Ott Aro/Estonian Defence Forces: Ott Aro)

The Carl Gustaf 8.4 cm recoilless rifle is a Swedish developed 84 mm (3.3 in) caliber man-portable shoulder-fired recoilless rifle, initially developed by the Royal Swedish Military Materiel Administration throughout the second half of the Forties as a close-range anti-tank and assist weapon for infantry, which has seen nice export success across the globe and is right now a well-liked multi-purpose assist weapon in use by many countries. Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle is the newest model of the moveable, shoulder-launched, multi-role weapon system. Because the launch in 2014, Saab has signed contracts with 13 totally different nations for the Carl-Gustaf M4.

In 2021, the primary 300 Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifles have arrived in Estonia, from Swedish agency Saab. The M4 will step by step exchange the older, heavier M2 at the moment in use by the Estonian Protection Forces (EDF). The procurement has been carried out in cooperation with Latvia, invited to hitch the procurement deal initially signed between the Estonian Centre for Protection Funding (ECDI) and Saab in June 2019. The brand new recoilless rifles might be utilized in parallel with the modification weapons M2 and M3, that are at the moment a part of the navy gear being utilized by the Estonian Protection Forces. The M4 weighs round 7 kg – half the load of the M2 – and is 13 cm shorter.