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The Miniman (Swedish military designation Pansarskott m/68, abbreviated Pskott m/68[1]) is a disposable single-shot 74-mm unguided anti-tank smooth bore recoilless weapon, designed in Sweden by Försvarets Fabriksverk (FFV) and became operational in 1968. The Miniman is delivered with the HEAT projectile pre-loaded launch tube. In appearance, the Miniman is similar to a single section tube US M72 LAW and French SARPAC of the same era.[2] In 1986 the Swedish Army adopted the FFV AT4, designated the Pansarskott m/86, to replace the Miniman. FFV engineers adopted the rugged but simple firing and safety mechanism of the Miniman for the AT4. The Miniman uses a unique version of the high-low chamber launch system that results in no recoil.

Pansarskott m/68 "Miniman"
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Pansarskott m/68 "Miniman"
TypeAnti-tank
Place of originSweden
Service history
In service1968
Production history
ManufacturerFFV Ordnance
Specifications
Mass2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz)
Length0.9 m (2 ft 11 in)
Crew1-2

CartridgeHEAT
Caliber74 mm (2.9 in)
Muzzle velocity160 m/s (520 ft/s)
Effective firing range150 m (160 yd) (moving target)
250 m (270 yd) (stationary target)
Maximum firing range250 m (270 yd)
FillingOctol
Filling weight330 g (12 oz)
External images
Pansarskott m/68 "Miniman"
Swedish Soldier preparing to fire Miniman
Pskott m/68 from Swedish Army manual
top French SARPAC, middle US M72 LAW, bottom Swedish MINIMAN
Miniman high-low launch system located behind 74mm HEAT projectile
Miniman 74mm HEAT warhead showing unique rear located piezoelectric fuzing system

Moving targets can be attacked at a range of 150 metres (490 ft) while stationary targets may be engaged out to 250 metres (820 ft). The Miniman's HEAT projectile has a copper liner and can penetrate 340 mm of rolled homogeneous armour.[3]

UsersEdit

  • Austria - known as Panzerabwehrrohr 70 (PAR 70)
  • Finland - used as 74 KES 68 MINIMAN
  • Sweden - known as Pansarskott m/68, replaced by the m/86

Reference and notesEdit

  1. ^ Pansarskott translates roughly to English as "Armour Shot".
  2. ^ The M72 has a telescoping two piece tube.
  3. ^ JIW, p. 718.
  • (JIW) Ian Hogg, Jane's Infantry Weapons 1984-85, London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1984.

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