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Guided Carl-Gustaf

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Pre-firing preparation includes: laser coding, choice of three fuzes and two target approach modes, all combined with Lock-On-After-Launch capability.
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.


"We can shoot at longer range. It basically doubles the range of the current ammunition, and we can pinpoint it and we can shoot from confined spaces," Höglund said.

The team demonstrated the technology in Sweden in September, firing two inert rounds at stationary targets from 1,400 meters away and a third inert round at a moving target from 1,800 meters away, he said.

"When we did the third and final demo, and it was spectacular ... we used a moving target at a range of about 1,800 meters, and we shot it from within a confined space as well and it was a perfect hit," said Höglund, adding that future tests will exceed 2,000 meters.

The team has a requirement for this capability through Special Operations Command, said Ty Blanchard, who manages the Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition for Raytheon.

In September 2018, the Pentagon awarded a $2.5 million rapid innovation fund contract to the team "to go out and demonstrate three guided shots with a warhead next spring," Blanchard said.

Currently, the technology requires operators to "laze the whole way in to the target," he said.

"We are looking at potentially down the road ... at some different seekers that will upgrade that capability," Blanchard said, adding that the munition will still be extremely effective at hardened targets such as bunkers and armored vehicles.

During the demonstration next spring, the team will shoot the new munition at triple-brick wall, eight inches of double-reinforced concrete and an up-armored sport-utility vehicle, he said.

"What this really does is it tries to bring a precision, extended-range capability down to the infantry and squad level within the U.S. and international markets," Blanchard said.

 
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Here I was hoping they scaled the "guided bullet" technology up to 84mm.
 

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Reminds me more of a scaled-down Griffin than a scaled-up Pike, but who knows.
 

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Given that this is the fruition of BAC and FN's ATLAS project, which was under development in 1974/75, it is a little surprising that it took this long.

ATLAS (Anti-Tank Laser Assisted System) didn't use the actual Carl Gustav ordnance, but was similarly sized, had a similar form, and fired both conventional and laser guided rounds, which I believe were SALH.
 

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Whole new ballgame, that the technology to create PGMs in any effective caliber has matured down to even the 40mm PIKE level.
What next? PGMs for the old RPG-7 launcher? A new generation of 73mm Grom ammunition (more aerodynamic, better range, payload, and time-to-target) ?
Wasn't all that long ago there was an article on guidance kits for 57mm rockets....
Dust off those 75 and 82mm recoilless rifles next?
Or those 76mm Saladin (L18?) and Scorpion (L23?) turrets?
We're at the point the only thing the launcher will determine is the payload capacity and possibly range, not the accuracy.

The Italian Folgore was always a personal favorite.....
 
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