Shoulder-Launched Weapon System
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Swedish aerospace and defense company, Saab, and U.S. defense company, Raytheon, have successfully completed a series of guided flight tests for the shoulder launched Guided Carl-Gustaf® Munition, featuring a semiactive laser guidance system. The tests were performed at the Mile High Range in Sierra Blanca, Texas, United States and at Saab Bofors Test Centre in Karlskoga, Sweden.
The guided Carl-Gustaf® munition is a laser-guided weapon co-developed by Raytheon Saab. It is the first-ever guided round for Saab’s Carl-Gustaf M4 recoilless rifle, minimizing collateral damage through semi-active laser guidance and effects. The munition flies at near-supersonic speeds and can penetrate multiple targets including fortified structures, bunkers and light armored vehicles. It can engage static or moving targets at distances greater than 1.2 miles (2,000 meters), and it launches from a shoulder-fired system, allowing troops to engage from within an enclosure.
The test firings in Sweden that were performed in September 2019 were conducted in the presence of an international audience. Three munitions were fired in total – two against static targets and one against a moving target. A semi-active laser was used to guide the munitions to target impact. Other seeker technologies (e.g. imaging IR) were also demonstrated as optional solutions for the final product. The demonstration in Sweden further included dynamic warhead tests against a variety of targets.
Saab’s Carl-Gustaf weapon system is currently used by the U.S. Armed Forces as well as the ground forces of more than 40 other countries. The guided munition will allow Armed Forces to accurately engage stationary or moving targets up to, and beyond 1.2 miles which, when combined with a Confined Space capability, will give troops greater tactical flexibility when selecting a firing position.
It was in 2017 that Saab announced its partnership with Raytheon to develop new weapons for infantry forces.
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