Saab has acquired orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for deliveries of each the brand new Excessive Explosive spherical and Hearth Management Machine for the recoilless Carl-Gustaf® rifle. The order values are roughly SEK 300 million and SEK 65 million respectively and deliveries will happen throughout 2022-2023. The ammunition on this order can be utilized by the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten). The brand new Excessive Explosive spherical is programmable and may talk with the brand new Hearth Management Machine. Which means the Carl-Gustaf operator will have the ability to shortly configure a chambered spherical.

“This order signifies the start of the long run for Carl-Gustaf. By means of our experience inside floor fight weapons and superior expertise, we’ll, for the primary time, allow communication with the ammunition. It provides the Carl-Gustaf operator an efficient, however nonetheless simple to deal with addition, to the already broad portfolio of Carl-Gustaf ammunition,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s enterprise space Dynamics.


Saab Carl-Gustaf Ammunitions

These two additions, together with the order for Carl-Gustaf M4 positioned in 2019, will imply a major improve in functionality for the Carl-Gustaf system in Sweden. The Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle, designated in Swedish service because the Granatgevar m/48, (Grg m/48 – “grenade rifle”, mannequin 1948) is an 84-mm man-portable reusable anti-tank weapon initially produced by Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori (that later was merged into Saab Bofors Dynamics) in Sweden. In Sweden, it’s merely referred to as the grg (gé-er-gé). M2, M3. M4 on order will substitute all outdated M2, M3 between 2020 and 2023.

Enhancements to the ammunition have been continuous. Whereas the older HEAT rounds should not significantly efficient towards fashionable tank armor, the weapon has discovered new life as a bunker-buster with an HEDP spherical. As well as, improved HEAT, excessive explosive (HE), smoke, and illumination (star shell or flare) ammunition can be accessible. For full effectiveness, illumination rounds need to be fired at a really excessive angle, making a hazard for the gunner because the backblast from firing can burn him. Because of this, a number of armies have retired the illumination rounds, whereas the U.S. Military requires that they be fired from a standing place.

Swedish Army soldier with Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle equipped with Fire Control Device
Swedish Military soldier with Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle geared up with Hearth Management Machine