Rocket-powered precision-guided rounds will turn the Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle into a precision weapon

Nov. 7, 2019
Saab says troops can fire it from inside buildings or other confined areas without fear of the backblast damaging their position or injuring them.

WASHINGTON – Saab tested precision-guided rounds for the company's M3E1 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifles earlier this year and is set to demonstrate it for U.S. special operators next year. The Drive reports. Continue reading original article

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7 Nov. 2019 -- The new projectile also will double the maximum range of the rifles compared to when firing existing unguided ammunition, while still being safe to fire from enclosed spaces, such as from the window of a building.

The smart bullet that Saab and Raytheon have been testing features two sets of pop-out fins to steer itself to the target. It also features a rocket motor giving is significant additional range. The precision-guided projectile hit two stationary targets nearly 4,600 feet away and a moving target at a range of just over 5,900 feet.

None of the weapons in these tests had live warheads. A Raytheon press release said that the missile had completed 11 test flights, including some at the Mile High Range in Sierra Blanca, Texas, with no failures.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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