1RAR building confidence with recoilless rifles

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, recently conducted static live-fire training with the 84mm Carl Gustaf, engaging 450-metre targets at the Townville Field Training Area.

CAPTIONAustralian Army soldiers from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, during live-fire practice with the 84mm Carl Gustaf, Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland. Story by Captain Brittany Evans. Photos by Corporal Guy Sadler.

The training was held to build confidence in personnel using the weapon system and qualify junior non-commissioned officers as part of the Section Commander Battle Course.

The course is designed to qualify personnel to supervise the conduct of range practices and is part of their career progression.

Officer Commanding Charlie Company Major Lindsay Pritchard said the training set a foundation to engage more complex ranges and activities, as the program continued over several weeks.

CAPTIONAn Australian Army soldier fires the 84mm Carl Gustaf at Townsville Field Training Area.

Major Pritchard said the 84mm Carl Gustaf was a breech-loaded, percussion-fired, shoulder-controlled weapon that was accurate and versatile.

“It can handle a range of situations on the battlefield, whether it be destroying an armoured vehicle, or a structure, or illuminating the battlefield during night-time operations,” Major Pritchard said.

“We will cover manoeuvre practices, dismounted manoeuvre, section and platoon live-fire [on this course].

“This static live-fire provides a refresher on the skills required.”

CAPTIONAustralian Army soldiers during live-fire practice with the 84mm Carl Gustaf at Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland.


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