|The Saab M4 Carl Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle. Photo c/o Saab.|
The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has released a tender for the supply and delivery of new 84mm recoilless rifles for the Malaysian Army.
110 units, including associated munitions and accessories are being procured, and are expected to be delivered for the Malaysian Arm’s strategic units including the 10th Parachute Brigade and the 21st Special Operations Group.
The tender, which was opened to local importers, is scheduled to close of 17 June 2021.
According to the specifications mentioned on the tender, the new weapon is a light anti-tank weapon recoilless for anti-armour platoons to counter armoured threat in all phases of war including Operation in Build-Up Areas.
The weapon should also be able to counter threats from enemy personnel, destroy bunkers and armoured vehicles, and capable of using 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).
The weapon will have a caliber of 84mm, a length not exceeding 1,000mm, will weigh not more than 7 kilograms without sighting system, or 9 kilograms with sighting system.
Based on these requirements, it is expected that the Saab M4 Carl Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle, which meets the requirements mentioned.
The new M4 Carl Gustaf is an improvement over previous generation variants of the Carl Gustaf family of recoilless rifles from Sweden. The M4 is shorter and lighter, optimized for urban operations compared older variants.
The Malaysian Army currently uses the older M2 Carl Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle, together with other light anti-tank / bunker attack weapons like the RPG-7, M72 LAW, Instalaza C90, and the new Saab NLAW.
 Shephard Media
 Malaysian Defence
 Malaysia Flying Herald