Carl-Gustaf 8.4cm Recoilless Rifle
Carl-Gustaf 8.4cm Recoilless Rifle

Saab Receives Orders for Carl-Gustaf 8.4cm Recoilless Rifle Components

Saab has received orders for components for the Carl-Gustaf® recoilless rifle. The total order value is SEK 643 million and deliveries will take place during 2022 and 2023. The industry’s nature is such that, depending on circumstances concerning the product and customer, further information regarding the customer will not be announced. Man-portable and multi-role, the Carl-Gustaf weapon enables dismounted soldiers to deal with the challenges of the modern battlefield. The basic weapon consists of the main tube with the breech-mounted Venturi recoil damper, with two grips near the front and a shoulder mount.

“We continue to support and strengthen our customers’ defence capabilities with our world-leading ground combat solutions. This order is further proof that our solutions meet our customers’ requirements,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

The Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle designated in Swedish service as the Granatgevär m/48 is an 84-mm man-portable reusable anti-tank weapon originally produced by Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori (that later was merged into Saab Bofors Dynamics) in Sweden.

Saab Carl-Gustaf 8.4cm Recoilless Rifle

The weapon is fitted with iron sights, but is normally aimed with the attached 3× optical sight with a 17 degree (300 mil) field of view. The most modern variants fielded by Swedish rifle companies have been fitted with the Swedish Aimpoint sighting system. Luminous front and rear sight inserts are available for the iron sights when aiming at night, and an image intensification system may also be used. The Gustaf can be fired from the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions, and a bipod may be attached in front of the shoulder piece. An operating handle called the “Venturi lock” is used to move the hinged breech to one side for reloading.

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Saab Carl-Gustaf 8.4cm Recoilless Rifle