84x246 mm R
3.1 - 4 kg
less than 7 kg
less than 1 000 mm
230 - 255
Rate of fire
up to 6 rpm
Range of effective fire (against tanks)
up to 400 m
Range of effective fire (against buildings and
700 - 1 000 m
400 - 500 mm
The Carl Gustaf M4 is an
84 mm man-portable recoilless rifle. It was developed and is produced by SAAB Bofors Dynamics,
Swedish defense giant. This weapon is multipurpose and can be used to destroy a wide range of
targets at distance of up to 1 000 m. Various versions of Carl
Gustaf recoilless rifles have been in service since 1946. All
previous versions are combat proven were used in various wars,
including recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Libyan
and Syrian civil wars.
version of the rifle, the Carl Gustaf M4, was introduced in 2014 at the AUSA event.
This weapon has just received its first order from Slovakia to arm
the Slovak Armed Forces.
As its predecessors it is expected to have a
strong demand from export customers.
version is touted as highly flexible and compatible in the
battlefield. The Carl Gustaf M4 in general a squad level anti-tank
weapon but it is also effective against other stationary and moving
recoilless rifle can be fitted with intelligent sighting systems
such as optical 3x magnification sight, laser rangefinder and image
intensification system apart from original iron sights. Also, the
new system is developed to shoot at night with the help of a tracer
The Carl Gustaf M4 is a very versatile weapon. This recoilless rifle can fire
a wide range of 84 mm munitions, such as high-explosive anti-tank
rounds, anti-structure rounds, multi-role rounds, high-explosive
anti-personnel rounds, smoke rounds, illumination rounds and other.
It is compatible with ammunition of the previous M2 and M3 models. This wide range of munitions makes the weapon effective in support role.
SAAB Bofors Dynamics the Carl Gustaf M4 has five major improvements
over its predecessor. These include compatibility with intelligent
sights, an adjustable shoulder rest for better ergonomics, reduced
weight, faster reload and integrated shot counter for improved
logistics and maintenance.
The SAAB Bofors Dynamics is working on improving the effectiveness of
the rifle by integration of smart munitions. The Carl Gustaf M4 has
a round management function so intelligent sights can program the
For example high explosive round can be set to detonate on impact or
This weapon has an effective range of up to 400 m against tanks, and 700 m
against buildings and stationary targets. Some types of ammunition
have a rocket booster for extended range to up to 1 000 m.
A standard HEAT round penetrates 400 mm of rolled homogenous armor.
Round with a tandem HEAT warhead penetrates up to 500 mm of rolled
homogenous armor behind explosive reactive armor.
This weapon weighs less than 7 kg
and is less than 1 000 mm long. This
recoilless rifle is highly reliable and has
a lifespan of 1 000 rounds.
The length of the M4 was reduced in order to suit urban terrain. The
weapon also has a reduced weight due to the use of lighter components
such as carbon fiber and titanium liner.
Gustaf M4 has a hinged breech feeding system. This weapon is
normally operated by a crew of two, including gunner and loader.
Rate of fire is around 6 rounds per minute. However, if required, it
may be also used by a single operator.
The previous version,
the Carl Gustaf M3, is used by United States Army's Special
The M3 is used by many countries such as Australia,
Brazil, United States, Canada, India, Pakistan, Germany, Israel and
Article by RAHUL SINGH DHARI
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