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Army March 31, 2011
By Maj Nathan Juchniewicz
THE first delivery of the new M3 84m
Carl Gustaf Medium Direct Fire Supp
Weapon has been received by 2RAR
The weapon system is being delive
as part of Project Land 40 Phase 2.
The M3 version will be issued
infantry, Special Forces and RAAF
field defence guard units, with the
version remaining in-service for com-
The Director General of
Development and Plans-Army, Brig
Gregory Bilton, said the 84mm M3
would be progressively rolled out to
units during the next few months.
"The priority of delivery will
reflect those units readying for opera
tions but the final deliveries are expected
to be completed before the end of the
year," Brig Bilton said.
"It is a significant improvement over
the M2 and contributes to the goal of
lightening the load for close combatants."
The new weapon system is 40 per
cent lighter and 5 per cent shorter than
the M2 version, and is also equipped
with a BAE heavy-weapon thermal sight.
Initial assessment of the system by
operators in 2RAR such as Cpl Richard
Croft, indicated it was "a good re-
vamp of an old weapon system that will
enhance our capability on the battle-
Pte Lindsay Beveridge said the new
thermal sight would further enhance their
ability to rapidly and accurately acquire
targets at night.
Pte Ben Salm commented that the
shorter length and lighter compounds
made it better for mounted operations
when mounting and dismounting from a
The battalion is expected to deploy
with the equipment on their coming mis-
sion rehearsal exercise and the follow-on
deployment to Afghanistan as part of
For more information on the 84mm M3 contact
the Direct Fire Support Weapon Cell at the School
Anti-tank upgrade arrives
Ready for action: Cpl Richard Croft, right, instructs Pte Lindsay Beveridge, left, and his number two Pte Ben Salm, centre, on the new 84mm
M3 Medium Direct Fire Support Weapon.
Photo by LCpl Karl Leibbrandt
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