The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is planning to buy 110 units of Saab’s Carl-Gustaf M4 84 mm man-portable recoilless rifle to arm the country’s paratrooper and special forces battalions .
The recoilless rifles will equip 10th Parachute Brigade as well as 21st Special Service Group of Malaysian Army (Tentera Diraja Malaysia / TDM).
While both units have already operated Saab’s older Carl-Gustaf M2 recoilless rifles for the last couple of years, the older weapons will likely be passed over to other battalions in the TDM. The 10th Parachute Brigade and 21st Special Service Group will thus operate both the Carl-Gustaf M4 and New Generation Light Anti Tank Weapon (NLAW) man-portable anti tank missile, both produced by SAAB.
The Carl-Gustaf M4 is the latest iteration of a 84 mm calibre recoilless rifle family developed in Sweden in 1946 and introduced in Sweden’s Army service in 1948. The use of the recoilless rifle system giving more velocity and range compared to other systems that uses fins as their stabilization method. However, the drawback of the recoilless rifle system is the large amount of blowback that limits its usage in confined spaces.
The M4 weighs around 7 kg without ammunition, and is about 3 kg lighter than the M3 and half the weight of the M2. It can fire a wide range of ammunitions ranging from Anti-Personnel, High Explosive and tandem HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank), to laser guided missile called Guided Carl Gustaf Munition (GCGM) with range up to 2 km that is jointly developed by SAAB and Raytheon in the United States.
With more than 25 years of experience in defence publishing, Global Business Press and its industry leading titles Asian Defence Technology, Asian Airlines & Aerospace and Daily News are the leading defence publications in the region, present at more international shows and exhibitions than any other competing publication in the region.