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Arboga Robotmuseum

RB 56

Robothistoriska Föreningen i Arboga


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RB 56 Bill


The RBS 56 is a light anti-tank missile system with a midrange service and with a substantial armour penetration. The missile is intended for operation from the ground against armoured ground targets. The missile RBS 56 has a big distribution in the military organizations, in brigades as well as in division units. The missile system is normally operated by two soldiers, carrying the missile in two loads but can also be carried as a single burden ready on call. Total weight is 76 lbs (34.5 kg). The missile can also be launched from a vehicle equipped with an additional mount.


The missile RBS 56 was manufactured by Bofors Company in Karlskoga. The missile was introduced in the Swedish Armed Forces in 1988.


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RB 56 Bill at the Missile Museum at Arboga



he missile is encased in a firing barrel, which as well as the sighting arrangement is rigged on the mount. At firing the missile is ejected by a powder gas generator that is located at the rear end of the firing barrel. The missile leaves the firing pipe at a velocity of 235 ft/sec. (72 m/s) and accelerates up to a maximum velocity of 820 ft/sec (250 m/s) with the force of the traction motor. The gunner’s function after firing is to keep the reticle of the rear sight on his target during the entire battle sequence. The missile track is nominally 2.6 feet (.8 m) for RB 56 and 4 feet (1.8 m) for RB 56 B above the gunner’s aiming line. The discrepancy in relation to the aiming line is registered by the sight and is converted to control signals, which are transmitted by wires to the missile sight. At night the daylight sight is supplemented by an IR-sight and the IR-picture is reflected in the optics of the daylight sight. The initiation of missile warhead takes place either by a proximity fuse or an impact detonator.


RB 56 B

The fundamental difference between RB 56 and RB 56 B is that the latter missile has two downward aiming warheads in place of one warhead at a 30 degree angle plus a more sophisticated proximity fuse system.


Data Missile


2 ft 11 inches

(900 mm)


6 inches

(150 mm)

Wing span:

12 inches

(300 mm)


24 lbs

( 10,9 kg)


6.600 ft

(2.000 m)




Missile types:


RB 51


RB 53


RBS 55


RBS 56