Category Archives: Military Artillery

Carl-Gustaf M4 Recoilless Rifle

Smart, just got smarter. The new Carl-Gustaf M4 is a man-portable multi-role weapon system that provides high tactical flexibility through its wide range of ammunition types. A marked evolution in the history of the system, the new M4 model meets the needs of modern conflict environments while offering compatibility with future innovations.
The Carl Gustaf (also known as, Gustaf Bazooka and M2CG) is an 84 mm man-portable reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics (formerly Bofors Anti-Armour AB) in Sweden. Although most rounds fired by the Carl Gustav work on the classic recoilless principle, modern rounds sometimes add a post-firing booster that technically make it a rocket launcher.
The first prototype of the Carl Gustaf was produced in 1946 as a lightweight anti-armor weapon, one of many similar designs of that era. While similar weapons have generally disappeared from service, the Carl Gustaf remains in widespread use today. A combination of light weight, low cost and widely varied ammunition types, makes the Carl Gustav extremely flexible and able to be used in a wide variety of roles where single-purpose weapons like the M72 LAW passed out of service as newer tank designs rendered them ineffective.
In its country of origin it is officially named Grg m/48 (Granatgevär – “grenade rifle”, model 48). British troops refer to it as the “Charlie G”, while Canadian troops often refer to it as the “84” or “Carl G”. In U.S. military service it is known as the “M3 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System” (MAAWS) or “Ranger Anti-tank Weapons System” (RAWS), but is often called the Gustaf or “the Goose” or simply the “Carl Johnson” by American servicemembers. In Australia it is irreverently known as “Charlie Gusto” or “Charlie Gutsache” (guts ache, slang for stomach pain).


M109 Paladin Howitzer – Call For Fire Mission

M109A6 Paladin Howitzers from U.S. Army conduct call for fire missions during Exercise Eager Lion 2016 in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The M109 is an American 155mm self-propelled howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s. It has been upgraded a number of times, most recently to the M109A7. The M109 family is the most common western indirect-fire support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.
The M109A6 Paladin needs only a crew of four: the commander, driver, gunner and an ammunition loader.

Polonez Multiple Launch Rocket System

The Polonez is a new Belarusian multiple launch rocket system. It was developed to replace older Soviet 220-mm Uragan and 300-mm Smerch artillery rocket systems. It is likely that development of the Polonez was assisted by China. It strongly resembles the latest Chinese A200 artillery rocket system, rather than latest Russian designs.
The Polonez was first publicly released in 2015. As of 2015 at least two of these systems are in service with armed forces of Belarus. It has been reported that full-scale deliveries to Belarusian armed forces will commence in 2016. It has been reported that as of 2015 Belarus operates 72 Uragan and 36 Smerch systems. These artillery rocket systems, particularly Uragan are being increasingly harder to maintain due to their age and worn-out condition. Older systems are being gradually retired. It is worth noting that Belarus also operates a smaller indigenous BM-21A BelGrad 122-mm rocket systems.
The Polonez heavy artillery system carries two pods with four 300-mm rockets each. It is most likely that the Polonez uses Chinese A200 artillery rockets. Each rocket is 7.26 m long and weights 750 kg. The pods are factory fitted and sealed. It has been reported that the Polonez is a modular system, that can also fire pods with rockets of other caliber.
It has been reported that range of fire is 50 to up to 200 km. Rockets have a combined inertial and GPS guidance. CEP is about 30 to 50 meters. It is also claimed that there are 3 different warheads. Comparing with Smerch missiles of the Polonez have twice the range, but likely at a cost of reduced firepower.

B-300 Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher

The B-300 is a reusable man-portable anti-tank weapon system developed by Israel Military Industries in the late 1970s for use by the Israel Defense Forces. The B-300 can be carried and operated by a single operator and is effective to approximately 400 meters (1,312 ft). Pre-packaged munitions and simple operating mechanisms make the weapon quite versatile, permitting use by airborne, motorized, and ground troops alike. When defence publications first heard reports of the B-300 in the early 1980s, various reports stated in error that it was an Israeli improved and manufactured version of the Russian RPG-7.
Munitions used by the B-300 are propelled by a solid rocket motor, and can be equipped with one of two warhead variants. The first, high explosive anti-tank round, provides specialized support for anti-tank missions. The second, known as a high explosive follow-through round, is designed for use against fortified targets or enemy units behind cover. A primary charge punches a hole through the protective structure, allowing a secondary anti-personnel charge to pass through and detonate within the building. The B-300 produced during the 1980s and entered service in limited quantities within Israeli Defence Forces SF units.

Semser 122-mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

The Semser (sword) self-propelled howitzer was developed by Israel’s Soltam under contract to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense. The Semser 122-mm SPH will be manufactured by local Kazakh companies. Kazakh Army planned to have an operational battalion of Semser howitzers by the end of 2008. Kazakhstan also proposed this truck-mounted howitzer for possible export customers in the region, including Azerbaijan and Kyrgyz Republic.
This artillery system is armed with a modified variant of the D-30 122-mm towed howitzer. This towed howitzer was produced in large numbers and Kazakhstan has plenty of 122-mm ammunition, inherited from the Soviet Union. It was one of the reasons, why 122-mm caliber was preferred to Russian 152-mm or NATO 155-mm. Maximum range of fire is only 15.3 km. This truck-mounted howitzer is also capable of direct firing.
The Semser has an integrated automated command and control system, provided by Soltam and Elbit.
This artillery system is based on KamAZ-6350 8×8 heavy utility truck chassis. Vehicle is powered by the KamAZ-740.50.360 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 360 hp.
Some Kazakh sources claim that design of the Semser proved to be unsuccessful.