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Raytheon, Saab disclose Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition development

05 October 2018
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Raytheon/Saab have received a Rapid Innovation Fund contract from the US Army for the Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition. Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics have disclosed details about the co-design and development of the first guided round for the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf reloadable weapon system.

The munition - designated Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition (GCGM) - is an initial outcome of a teaming agreement signed by Raytheon and Saab in November last year, which is intended to leverage best-of-breed capabilities and market synergies of both companies in the shoulder-launched guided munitions market segment.

Jointly funded by Raytheon and Saab and intended for use with the Saab Carl-Gustaf M3 and M4 weapon system launchers (respectively designated M3 and M3E1(A1) MAAWS: Multi-role Anti-armour, Anti-personnel Weapon System in US service), the GCGM development is effectively an evolutionary progression of the earlier Saab Ultra Light Munition concept, which, under the teaming agreement with Raytheon, has been matured and defined in terms of capability and performance requirements.

Presently in the demonstrator phase, the current GCGM baseline concept provides for a semi-active laser (SAL)/INS-guided munition capable of engaging multiple target types - light armour, personnel, concrete structures and bunkers at ranges between 30 m and 2,000 m with a circular error probable (CEP) of <1 m (CEP-50). The time to target at maximum range is given as <15 seconds. The munition is also designed to engage moving (<56 km/h) targets out to ranges of 1,500 m. The introduction of the guided round effectively doubles the range of the current Carl-Gustaf weapon system with existing ammunition options, and also places the Carl-Gustaf in the guided weapons segment.

The GCGM round is packaged in a cylindrical canister, which is loaded into the Carl-Gustaf launcher. With an all-up weight of 6.8 kg, the round features a SAL seeker that leverages developments from Raytheon Missile Systems' 40 mm Pike guided munition and other systems across its portfolio, advanced electronics also developed by Raytheon, a multi-purpose tandem warhead developed in-house by Saab, and an improved, near smokeless/low launch signature rocket motor system, also delivered by Saab.

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