If the 66 Came Back, can Charlie G?


Back in 2009, Ace Rimmer wrote a piece on the return of the 66mm LAWS in the guise of the M27A9 Light Anti Structure Munition.


It’s traditional stablemate was the M2 Carl Gustav, firing an 84mm rocket available with a number of payloads.

The original 66mm M72, 84mm M2 Carl Gustav and Milan were replaced by combinations of the 94mm LAW80 from Hunting Engineering and the Javelin Light Forces Anti Tank Guided Weapon (LFATGW) with the Light Anti Structure Munition, Interim Light Anti Tank Weapon (ILAW), Anti Structure Munition and Next General Light Anti Tank Weapon (NLAW) coming into service recently.

British LAW 80 Demonstrated to Kazakh Airborne Soldiers Kazakhstan September 2003

Royal Marines 40 (Afghanistan)

NLAW Training Aid RAF Regiment Soldiers Firing Javelin Anti Tank Guided Missile Royal Marine from 42 commando fires an ILAW missile at Taliban positions in Helmand Province

The combination of LASM, ASM, NLAW and Javelin provide British forces with an effective combination.

One of the main disadvantages of the M2 Carl Gustav, apart from the weight, was the fact it could not be fired from confined spaces.

Saab reduced the weight with the introduction of the M3

Carl Gustav M3
Carl Gustav M3

And now it seems they have sorted out the confined space issue

Defence and security company Saab has made the first delivery of its new HEAT 655 CS 84-mm ammunition giving, for the first time, Carl-Gustaf system users the ability to fire from inside confined spaces. The HEAT 655 CS (CS, Confined Space) is the first Carl-Gustaf ammunition that is fully optimised for launch from confined spaces, i.e. from inside a building. This is an important requirement in modern, urban conflicts.

HEAT 655 CS Firing
HEAT 655 CS Firing

An interesting development of a very mature weapon system

There are four main benefits of the M3, it is cheap, has a wide range of rounds, can be reloaded and is cheap!

US and Canadian forces have used them to reportedly great effect in Afghanistan

Does the M3 have a place in a future British Army or was it good riddance many years ago?

Image Credits: Flickr, traicam4m, Coldwarwarrior and MoD Media

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