SHAH ALAM: The goose or not the goose. The Army has a requirement for 110 units of 84mm recoilless anti-tank weapon for its combat units, according to an advertisement published by the Defence Ministry on May 25. The tender will be closing on 17 June. Although the specifications basically says 110 weapons should be the Carl Gustaf 84mm recoilless weapon system (though not openly), it is opening the bids from local importers.
Saab Carl Gustav Mk 4. Saab
Some of the specifications:
There is a requirement to equip light anti-tank weapon recoilless (RCL) for anti-armour platoon to counter the armoured threat in all phases of war including Operation in Build Up Area (OBUA). It is suitable to use in OBUA due to limited Line of Sight (LoS) and distance to engage enemy armoured threat. The weapon also shall possess multi-role usage to incapacitate enemy personnel, destroy bunkers and armoured vehicles. The weapon shall be able to fire various types of ammunition such as High Explosive (HE), High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT),Anti-Structure, Anti-Personnel, High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP),Guided Munition, Smoke, Illumination and Target Practice (TP).
3.1 Mandatory. 3.1.1 Completeness. 126.96.36.199 Launcher. 188.8.131.52Sighting system. 184.108.40.206 Venturi locking lever. 220.127.116.11 Trigger mechanism.
4.1 Mandatory. 4.1.1 Launcher. It shall be as follows:18.104.22.168 Calibre. 84 mm. 22.214.171.124 Length. Not more than 1,000 mm. 126.96.36.199Weight. It shall be as follows: 188.8.131.52.1 System Weight without Sighting Unit. Not more than 7 kg. 184.108.40.206.2 System Weight with Sighting Unit. Not more than 9 kg. 220.127.116.11 Rate of Fire. It shall be not less than six (6) rounds per minute. 18.104.22.168 Cocking and Safety Lever. It shall be able to reach by the shooter easily without interrupting the handling of the weapon. 22.214.171.124Picatinny Rail. It shall comply with MIL-STD 1913. 126.96.36.199 Service Life. It shall be not less than 1,000 rounds. 188.8.131.52 Safety Device. It shall be equipped with safety mechanism incorporated with the weapon system to prevent accidents.
Based on the above specifications one would know that they want the Mark 4 version of the Carl Gustaf. Why the ministry is not making the deal directly with Saab or the Sweden Defence Procurement Agency to buy them is beyond me. Despite our own myopic procurement rules, government to government deal is allowed. As it is local importers – who will hike the price of each launchers of around $US20,000 (RM82,000) per unit – will tend to make a small profit from the deal. It will not be the Army which have to pony up around RM30,000 (for one unit) for the more exotic rounds for the launchers.
Apart from paying the local importers, the ministry have also to pay the multi-modal transport operator (MTO) to ship back the launchers here, admittedly the only ones who deserved to make some money from the deal.
Anyhow, the M4 version of the Goose would be beneficial to the soldiers who are assigned with the weapon as it is much lighter. The current M2 version weights a hefty 14kg, while the M4 is around 7kg or 9kg with the sights. This is of course a long over due. Other Saab weapon we bought, though not officially.
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