Simple equipment, accurate, easy to maintain, variety of ammunition, longer life, sturdy. Indian army has used it for decades in CT operations and in war. Carl Gustaf proved a very potent weapon against transportation vehicles, bunkers, and tanks.
Over the years, the Indian Army has banked on the Carl-Gustaf as its weapon of choice, ever since the 1970s when the first M2s came to India and were being manufactured here. Most commentators in India attribute the army’s choice of Carl-Gustaf to its versatility and multi-role ability along with its ruggedness, easy deployment and being virtually a “one man artillery.” Experts writing on the Carl-Gustaf’s deployment in the Indian army point out that it has better range, accuracy and its rifled barrel and recoil-less mechanism results in good weapon stabilization.
Carl Gustaf is the name of a supergun for the Indian military that is part recoilless rifle and part rocket launcher. And it has a rich, 40-year legacy. This Swedish-made brute fires a powerful 84mm round. It can take out light enemy tanks, thinly-armored personnel carriers, or bunkers. Popular in special operations forces units (Specially counterterrorism units like RR, Para SF, and COBRA), it has matriculated over to regular Army and Para military units.
Let’s take a look at why the weapon is becoming so ingrained with warriors around the globe.