POTD: High Explosive Anti Tank in Exercise Ypres

Eric B
by Eric B
In today’s Photo Of The Day, we are looking at two brothers in arms from the New Zealand Defence Force firing a H.E.A.T missile (High Explosive Anti Tank) from an 84 mm Carl Gustav launcher. The soldiers are reservists from the New Zealand Army. This happened during the Exercise Ypres, a live field firing exercise set in the vast landscapes of Tekapo.

Diverse and dedicated, our Reserves are a valuable asset to our Defence Force. They’re well trained, highly skilled and ready to deploy when needed.

The weapon is made by Saab Bofors Dynamics and is being used by several armies around the world.

Below you can see the Carl Gustav in action, with one shot fired:

The picture is from the New Zealand Defence Force Facebook page.

For another type of Carl Gustav, check out the “ Carl Gustaf M/45 with Kurbits Decorations and a Peace Sign” article.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Eggburt1969 Eggburt1969 on Jan 13, 2021

    To be honest, I don't see any fins on the projectile's rear? As such it may well be a 441-series HE round being fired. For note, it's a Carl-Gustav M3 by the look of it. It's also quite an old image, dates from back in September 2020.

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    • Jono102 Jono102 on Jan 14, 2021

      @Eggburt1969 Sorry didn't realize the video and image were unrelated. After looking at the high res image, it could possibly be an HE bomb in mid flight because it appears to be quite a stubby projectile vs the longer and pointed HEAT bomb. The way they have dropped the bomb tube make it hard to pick it for length as well. Being a Reserve unit, it would make sense they would want to use the HE as it is generally a fair bit cheaper than HEAT.

  • VwVwwVwv VwVwwVwv on Jan 13, 2021

    So this I would call a single shot Muscet and make it California leagal, but in Germany, I can only watch pictures. :(