This ammunition is fired from Gun 84 mm RCL Carl Gustaf from the shoulder. The cartridge combines some of the characteristics of Rocket and Artillery ammunition in its design. The ammunition is of Swedish design.

The illuminating round has been designed to meet the requirement for a very quick illumination of target areas, offering facilities for all types of direct fired weapons and guided anti-tank weapons to engage, Armoured fighting vehicles, support weapons etc. The illuminating round is also intended to facilitate for the sub-units of the battalion, supply of their own illumination of battle field, even continuous, when required. The ammunition is of the fixed type. The design of the ammunition parts and functioning are like Artillery components excepting that the rear end of the cartridge case is closed by a plastic blow out disc(base plate), which allows rearward escape of the propellant gas so as to make the weapon recoilless and the ignition of the propellant is by a side-located percussion cap and an igniter composition.

The cartridge case is made of light aluminium alloy drawn to specification BS-1470 Grade 6082 TF or IS 736 Grade 64430 WP. At the rear of the cartridge case, it is formed with a flange which is cut away over a length to take a guide while loading the round in the gun. At about 90 degrees from the cut away flange a hole with two diameters is provided on the body of the cartridge case to take the percussion cap. The shell body is made of light aluminium alloy to specification BS 1474 Grade 2014A or IS 736 Grade 64430 WP. The shell body accommodates the canister illuminating candle and the parachute assembly. The shell also accommodates the time combustion fuze FFV 64C, at the nose. The shell base is made up of light alloy with six equispaced circumferential holes to fix the base plate and body together with fixing screws. The shell is spin established. Propellant NGB 204 is a ballistite propellant. This ammunition is manufactured to Government of India, Ministry of Defence Specification No. CQA 3815 and drawing number F1301-055361 K.


Total length of ammunition 450 mm
Total mass of ammunition 3.1 kgs
Mass of projectile 2.2 kgs
Propellant (ACM) 0.4 kg
Mass of Illuminating composition 0.5 kg
Explosive filling in primer (cap) (Composition VH 2 & Zirconium) 0.13 gm
Explosive filling in Igniter (Composition Z47B & NC 110) 15.0 gms
Explosive filling in fuze 17.68 gms
Net explosive content 932.81 gms


Muzzle velocity 260 m/s
Range of burst 300 to 2100 m
Height of burst 200 m (approx)
Illuminated area, diameter 400- 500 m
Rate of descent 5 m/s (approx)
Candle power 6,50,000 candela
Burning time 30 ± 5 sec
The weapon is of recoilless type and can be fired from the shoulder. The ammunition can be effectively used at any range between 300 m to 2100 m by elevating the gun to 20 degrees or 25 degrees.
The fuze is provided with a rubber hood and a safety pin. The rubber is for protection against atmospheric condition during storage and transport. Before firing, both the rubber hood and the safety pin is removed and the fuze is set.
Due to its sound design and careful manufacture, the ammunition is very reliable for use in combat field environment.
The shelf life of the ammunition is 10 years
Two rounds are packed in twin containers made up of injection moulded tube of high density polyethylene. Three such twin containers (total 6 rounds) are packed in one wooden crate.


Packing box size 660 mm x 463 mm x 356 mm
Gross weight 40.0 kgs
Net weight 24.6 kgs
Volume 0.108 cu.m


Compatibility group G
Hazard division 1.2
Fire fighting class 2
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Government of India
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