Carl Gustav rifle

Saab has been awarded a contract to deliver its 84mm Carl-Gustaf portable weapon systems and ammunition to the US Army’s regular infantry units.

The Skr205m ($31m) contract follows a previous $25.8m order secured by the company in June to supply undisclosed systems for use by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Saab North America president Dan-Ake Enstedt said the additional order confirmed the advanced capabilities brought by Carl-Gustaf to the army’s main-line units.

"The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments and it is a versatile, powerful tool for the soldier," Enstedt said.

"The Carl-Gustaf has repeatedly proven itself in the most demanding environments and it is a versatile, powerful tool for the soldier."

The Carl-Gustaf is an 84mm reusable, shoulder-fired multi-role recoilless rifle designed to help troops effectively engage with enemy rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and machine gun attacks, from ranges of 900m and further.

Fired from standing, kneeling, sitting or inclined positions, the gun is used as a viable anti-armour weapon against stationary targets at a distance of 700m, but proves less effective on moving targets due to a relatively low speed of the projectile.

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The weapon is operated by a two-man crew in armour-piercing and anti-personnel operations using high explosive, as well as smoke and illumination rounds, to defeat ground threats in all environments.

Features include a main tube with a breech-mounted Venturi recoil damper, a shoulder-mount and iron sights, luminous front and rear sight inserts, as well as an image intensification system for aiming during night or in low-visibility conditions.

The gun is also used by forces from the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Sweden, Germany and Malaysia.

Image: The Carl Gustav recoilless rifle of Royal Norwegian Army. Photo: courtesy of Soldatnytt.