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Arboga Robotmuseum

RB 51

Robothistoriska Föreningen i Arboga

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RB 51

 

RB 51 was an anti-tank missile meant to operate from land against armored targets on the ground. Basically, it was similar to the French anti-tank missile SS 10. The RB 51 was the first missile in the Swedish Army and it was introduced in 1958. 

 

RB 51 Museet.JPG

RB 51 at the Missile Museum in Arboga

 

Function

The missile was wire-guided with a range of one mile (1.6 km). It was utilized in two ways. For a shorter distance deployment to a new firing site it was carried by hand. The missile could also be mounted in pairs on a Willys Jeep, ready to fire. The operator manually controlled the missile with a small joystick and the guide signals were transmitted via the wires to the missile. The missile was furnished with a tracer that the operator could follow, guiding the missile to the tie line against the target.

 

The missile was propelled by a powder rocket motor. The warhead was adapted for damage to armored targets with its shape charge.  

 

Also the Swedish Coastal Artillery performed some tests with the RB 51.

 

To achieve an adapted, effective penetration against watercraft a specific sea target warhead was developed. The tests didn’t lead towards any acquisition of the RB 51 missile for the Coastal Artillery. The range was too short for its purpose.

 

RB 51 was faded out in 1965.

 

Data

Imperial Units

Metric Units

Length

2

feet

9

inches

850

mm

Diameter

 

 

7

inches

180

mm

Winspan

1

foot

9

inches

540

mm

Weight

33

lbs

 

 

15

kg

 

                                   

 

Missile types:

 

RB 51

 

RB 53

 

RBS 55

 

RBS 56