Japan Orders New Carl Gustafs

Japan has ordered more than 300 new Carl Gustaf recoilless rifles. This represents the latest in a series of procurements that will modernize Japan’s infantry weapons. Other recent procurements include the new Type 20 rifle and the HK SFP9.

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Saab Secures US AT4 and Carl Gustaf Ammunition Order

Saab have been awarded a fresh order for AT4 anti-armor systems and ammunition for the Carl Gustaf Multi-purpose Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) worth $105 million. These systems will be utilised by the US Army, US Special Operations Command and the US Marine Corps. Building on earlier orders as part of an ‘indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity’ contract originally awarded in 2019, the latest order is for the AT4 Confined Space, Reduced Sensitivity variant of the AT4.

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British Army Selects Aimpoint for Heavy Machine Guns

The British Army has selected several Aimpoint optics solutions for various heavy weapons. According to Aimpoint, the FCS13-RE Fire Control System with TH-60 thermal clip-on has been selected to fulfill the SWESS-Heavy Mature Project requirement for optics for support weapons including the M2 Browning and 40mm grenade machine guns. The Aimpoint CompM4 has been selected for use with the new 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless weapons which the British Army has just procured. The CompM4s with 3X magnifiers will fulfill the SWESS-Light Battlesight Project.

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British Army Adopts Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle – Again!

Back in 1963, the British Army adopted the M2 Carl Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle. It served with various units right through into the 1990s when it was replaced by lighter, single-use munitions. The British Army replaced the M2 with the LAW 80 which has since been surpassed by the NLAW. Yesterday, it was announced that the British Army would once again be procuring the Carl Gustaf, this time the much improved M4 variant.

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Rundown: Canadian Small Arms & Light Weapons Transferred to Ukraine

After seeing a considerable number of Colt Canada C7 rifles and C8 carbines being used in Ukraine, I decided to investigate their origins reaching out to various Ministries of Defense to enquire if they had provided the rifles. The Canadian Ministry of National Defence not only confirmed that they had provided various small arms but their spokesperson was also kind enough to confirm some of the types of small arms and light weapons which Canada has transferred to Ukraine since February. 

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US Department of Defense Orders AT4s and Carl Gustaf Ammunition

The US Department of Defense has ordered over $80 million worth of Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle ammunition and shoulder-launched AT4CS RS (confined space and reduced sensitivity) anti-armour weapon systems. The order was made within a 2019 Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract. The AT4CS RS variant was first procured back in 2015. The ammunition and weapons will be used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and U.S. Marine Corps.

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POTD: Swedish Platoon 1990

In our Photo Of The Day, we go back in time. This photo was taken on October 13, 1990, some 32 years ago. We have a collection of firearms used by the Swedish Army at the time – some are still going strong – like the Ak4 (H&K G3), Grg m/48 (Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle 84 mm), Ksp m/58 (FN MAG) all gathered around an off-road vehicle Tgb 20. The Swedish platoon soldiers in the picture all have the green Uniform m/59. Note that most of the Ak4s have bayonets mounted and that one has a riflescope (made by Hensoldt possibly, to make an Ak4 DMR version). It was around this time the new Ak5 (FN FNC) was introduced to units.

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POTD: U.S. Army Paratroopers with M3 Carl Gustaf Rocket Launcher

Photo Of The Day with a loud bang as U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fire an M3 Carl Gustaf rocket launcher. This happened during exercise Rock Klescman 21 at Pocek Range in Slovenia, in September 2021. Exercise Rock Klescman was a bilateral training exercise with the Slovenian Armed Forces focused on the rapid deployment and assembly of forces and team cohesion with weapon systems tactics and procedures.

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Saab to Supply $100M Worth of Carl Gustaf Ammo & AT4 Systems to US Army

The US Army has awarded a $100 million contract to Saab for Carl Gustaf ammunition and AT4 recoilless Rifle systems which will supply the USMC and JSOC. This contract is an “indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity” (IDIQ) contract. This essentially means that all three entities can buy more than $400 million worth of the systems and ammunition during a 5 year period.

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Aimpoint Wins US DoD Follow-Up Contract for FCS13RE Sights

To most shooters, Aimpoint is best known for optics like their rifle-mounted red dots such as the PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic) or the Micro series, and their increasingly popular ACRO P-1 pistol sight. In March 2019, TFB reported that the US Department of Defense would be purchasing $24 million worth of Aimpoint FCS13RE sights for the 84mm “Carl Gustaf” recoilless rifle system. According to the Aimpoint product page, these Dynamic Universal Reflex Sights can also be used on additional heavy weapons like the Mk19 40mm grenade launcher. Now with a June 22, 2020 press release, Aimpoint has announced the award of an additional DoD contract for even more of their FCS13RE sights. The release reads:

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POTD: Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle (Undisclosed Location)

Welcome to TFB’s own Photo Of The Day. As the name says, this series is updated daily and dedicated to rare and unique pictures from the World of Firearms.

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POTD: Swenex – The Amphibious Battalion regains control over the Island

Today we take a look at the exercise Swenex 19, as the Amphibious Battalion in Sweden shows off their skills.

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POTD: Norwegian Task Unit Shooting a Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle in Al-Assad, Iraq

Smile! Wait for flash!

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US Army Buys Aimpoint FCS13-RE Sights for Carl Gustaf M3E1 MAAWS Recoilless Rifles

Aimpoint has announced that they have been awarded a $24 million US Army contract for supplying  FCS13-RE Fire Control Systems. The Army is acquiring this aiming system to use with the recently adopted 84mm M3E1 MAAWS (SAAB Dynamics Carl Gustaf M4) recoilless rifles.

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SAAB Signs $55 Million Carl-Gustaf M4 Launcher Contract with Undisclosed Customer

Saab has published a news release announcing that they have signed a contract of delivering Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon systems to an undisclosed customer. The total sum of the contract is 429,000,000 Swedish Kronas which is roughly equal to $55 million. The delivery of the order will start in 2019 and last until 2024.

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