Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition in test firing
A series of guided flight tests of the shoulder launched Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition have been carried out by Saab and Raytheon at the Mile High Range in Sierra Blanca, Texas, and the Saab Bofors Test Centre in Karlskoga, Sweden.
The tests featured a semi-active laser guidance system for the weapon to guide the munitions to target, with three munitions fired in total; two against static targets and one against a moving target.
Other seeker technologies including imaging IR were also demonstrated as optional solutions for the munition. The demonstration in Sweden further included dynamic warhead tests against various targets.
The Carl-Gustaf guided munition will allow armed forces to accurately engage stationary or moving targets up to and beyond 2,000 metres. The increased range, in combination with a confined space capability, will offer troops greater tactical flexibility when selecting a firing position.
The munition is being developed by Saab and Raytheon under a partnership for new weapons for infantry forces announced in 2017.
Görgen Johansson, head of Saab business area dynamics, said: ‘The Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition is a next step in the evolution of the Carl-Gustaf system. It will be the most advanced Carl-Gustaf munition yet and will offer greater precision, minimise collateral damage and deliver outstanding performance with pin-point accuracy and multi-target capability.’
More from Land Warfare
The company’s development effort in hybrid electric drive technology has yielded two new products which have been on display at Singapore Airshow 2024.
Elbit Systems has won a contract to supply equipment and subsystems for a European country’s armoured vehicles which could include UT30 MK2 unmanned turrets and Iron Vision head-mounted displays.
The Pandur EVO, a 6x6 APC which features a longer hull design, improved driveline technology and powerpack, will provide a significantly increased level of protection, payload and mobility compared to the Pandur I.
As the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine edges closer, the resolve of Western countries has been tested in the face of entrenched positions, rising costs, political divisions and the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip.
The RBS 70 was developed in the 1970s to meet the Swedish Army’s requirement for a low-cost, easy-to-use MANPADS which could function in extreme climatic conditions. In 2011, Saab unveiled the RBS 70 Next Generation (NG), the first weapon of its type to employ laser beam-riding guidance.