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Projectiles with up to 800 km/h: "Carl Gustaf" makes soldiers sick in the Ukraine war

2023-12-06T04:18:00.520Z

Highlights: Projectiles with up to 800 km/h: "Carl Gustaf" makes soldiers sick in the Ukraine war. The weapon causes a violent concussion of the brain, which can cause serious damage if it occurs repeatedly. The long-term effects of the use of the handgun are worrying. Some soldiers reported sleep disturbances, panic attacks, headaches and memory problems after using the gun. A veteran whose son served in Afghanistan for 2017 years and used the gun said that "there was something wrong with his head" The soldier became an alcoholic and took his own life in <>.



Status: 06.12.2023, 05:05 a.m.

By: Tobias Utz

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Numerous soldiers use a weapon that causes damage that becomes apparent years later. Researchers warn against this.

Stockholm/Kyiv/Moscow - The "Carl Gustaf", a handgun that has been used for decades in various armies around the world, has now also arrived in the Ukraine war. At a speed of up to 800 kilometers per hour, it fires projectiles that can destroy tanks, for example. The risk for soldiers is that the shock wave of the weapon causes such a massive vibration when fired that it is sent directly into the brain. In the past, soldiers have suffered concussions and minor bleeding in the brain from the firing of the "Carl Gustaf", leading to memory problems, reduced reaction times and poorer coordination. Recently, the New York Times reported that the "Carl Gustaf" is nevertheless used by numerous armed forces.

Not only the USA, but also the Bundeswehr, Canada, Great Britain and Austria use them. According to a report by t-online, the Bundeswehr also uses the weapon, but only for training. The Swedish manufacturer Saab praises the "Carl Gustaf" as a tactical advantage, according to the manufacturer's homepage. Recently, it became known that Russia is also using new weapons systems in the Ukraine war.

Handgun "Carl Gustaf" is used in the Ukraine war

The Carl Gustaf is also used in Ukraine. Last year, the Ukrainian army received the 5000,<> pieces including ammunition from Canada, as Focus reported. In clashes near Kharkiv, the weapon was used to neutralize Russian tanks, the report said.

A soldier of the US Army during training with a model of the handgun "Carl Gustaf". © Ssgt. Oscar Gollaz / U.S Army / Imago Images

The long-term effects of the use of the "Carl Gustaf" are worrying. In 2018, U.S. military researcher Paul Scharre presented a report on brain damage caused by the weapon. The brain waves and changes in the blood count of the soldiers were examined, both directly and in the days after they fired the weapon. Sensors on the helmets and body armor showed that the "Carl Gustaf" M3 has an explosive effect that is often twice as high as the recommended upper limit. The result is a violent concussion of the brain, which can cause serious damage if it occurs repeatedly. This is also reported by the New York Times.

The effects are already visible. Some soldiers reported sleep disturbances, panic attacks, headaches and memory problems after using the "Carl Gustaf" handgun. A veteran whose son served in Afghanistan for 2017 years and used the gun told the Times about serious problems his son had as a result of serving in the gun, saying that "there was something wrong with his head." The soldier became an alcoholic and took his own life in <>.

Researcher warns of "Carl Gustaf": "May be a real problem"

The performance of soldiers in combat could be significantly affected by the use of the handgun, warned the lead researcher of the US study, Michael Roy: "We see that it does. If you can't remember things during a mission and your balance is upset, that can be a real problem," he told the New York Times.

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It is clear that despite the effectiveness of the Carl Gustaf on the battlefield, the risks to the health of the soldiers who use it must be seriously considered. The effects of the use of this weapon, both in Ukraine and worldwide, can have long-term and devastating consequences. (tu with dpa/AFP)

Machine support was used for this article, written by the editors. The article was carefully reviewed by editor Tobias Utz before publication.

Source: merkur

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