The Miniman (Swedish military designation Pansarskott m/68, abbreviated Pskott m/68) 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. 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"|
Pansarskott m/68 "Miniman"
|Place of origin||Sweden|
|Mass||2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz)|
|Length||0.9 m (2 ft 11 in)|
|Caliber||74 mm (2.9 in)|
|Muzzle velocity||160 m/s (520 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||150 m (160 yd) (moving target) |
250 m (270 yd) (stationary target)
|Maximum firing range||250 m (270 yd)|
|Filling weight||330 g (12 oz)|
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.
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- 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
- Pansarskott translates roughly to English as "Armour Shot".
- The M72 has a telescoping two piece tube.
- JIW, p. 718.
- (JIW) Ian Hogg, Jane's Infantry Weapons 1984-85, London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1984.