War Machine, Volume 5

Bofors Bantam (continued) Right: The Swedish Bantam was one of the first generation wire-guided ATGWs and was produced in large numbers until 1978 for the armies of Sweden and Switzerland. It is one of the smallest and lightest of the ATGWs and introduced into service the GRP airframe with folding wings. u ,III, -¦Kl iSIS -Bantam. The sustainer and flare are ignited after 40 m (130 ft) of guidance wire have been reeled out and the booster section has burnt out. The war­head is armed after 230 m (250 yards) and the operator manually guides the missile to the target Only two coun­tries Sweden and Switzerland, adopted the Bantam in 1963 and 1967 respectively in a variety of launching modes including one from light fixed- wing aircraft. Production finished in the 1970s and although the missile is considered to be obsolete it is still found in some numbers with those countries. Specification Bantam Type: anti-tank missile Dimensions: length 0.85 m (2 ft 9.46 in) diameter 110 cm (4.33 in) span 40.0 cm (15.75 in) Launch weight: including the container 11.5 kg (25.35 lb) Propulsion: two-stage solid-propellant booster/sustainer rocket Performance: range 300-2000 m (330-2190 yards) Warhead: 1.9-kg (4.2-lb) hollow- charge HE Armour penetration: 500 mm (19.68 orin) more The Bantam can also be used from fixed-winglight aircraft or helicopters such as the Swedish army Agusta-BellAB.204 Huey seen here. The Swedes are already supplementing this old missile with quantities of the modern American TOW. SWEDEN FFV Ordnance Carl Gustav Right: The Carl Gustav is normally fired by a two-man crew one acting as the gunner and the other as the loader. A well-trained team can fire about six rounds per minute at moving or stationary arm oured vehicles out to 400-500 m (437-547 yards) distance. The 84-mm (331 -in) calibre FFV Ordn­ance Carl Gustav recoilless gun is in­tended for use by the infantry as a medium anti-armour weapon. It is nor­mally crewed by two men one acting as the firer and the other as the loader and ammunition carrier A well- trained crew can sustain a rate of fire of six rounds per minute. The weapon is breech-loaded and can be fired from the shoulder from the prone position, from the edge of a trench or from amount anon APC. The usual sighting system on the Carl Gustav M2 model is ax2telescope with a 17° field of view. The M2 can effectively engage a sta­tionary armoured vehicle at 500-m (545-yard) range with the FFV551 HEAT round and a moving target at ranges up to 400 m (435 yards) with a penetration of 400 mm (15.75 in) It is also a useful infantry support weapon in that it can fire the 1-kg 3 (6,8-lb) spin-stabilized FFV545 illuminating round to 2300 m (2515 yards) the 3.1- The 84-mm (3.31 -in) calibre M2 Carl Gustav is seen herewith the HEAT and HE rounds that it fires together with the canisters in which they are carried. kg (6.8-lb) FFV469 smoke round to 1300 m (1420 yards) and the 3.1-kg (6.8-lb) FFV441 HE shrapnel round to an effective range of 1000 m (1,095 yards). An improved version with abetter sight the Carl Gustav M2-550 has also been produced to fill the gap between close-range weapons and the ATGW. This uses a higher-velocity rocket- assisted HEAT round the FFV551, which has a maximum effective en­gagement range of 700 m (765 yards) with the same armour-penetration capability as the FFV551 round and can also fire the rounds mentioned above. Anew 2-kg 3 1-lb) (7 dual- purpose HE/HEAT FFV502 projectile is also underdevelopment for the Carl Gustav series this being designed for use against light armoured vehicles (out to 250 m/275 yards with 200-mm/ 787 in armour penetration or more) as well as unprotected targets to 1000 m 965
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