is an anti-armour missile (man portable short range surface to surface
missile), manufactured by SAAB Bofors.
It's primary role is to attack
armoured targets at the weakest point, using the Overfly Top Attack
However, due to the three firing modes, it can also engage
and destroy hovering helicopters, non-armoured targets and soft
targets, such as machine gun nests.
operated by a crew of 2-4 men it can emplace/displace in less then 10
The warhead has OTA ( Over-fly Top Attack) capabilities and contains
both an optical and a magnetic sensor.
The optical (laser) sensor
functions as a rangefinder, measuring the height of the target beneath
the missile and profiling the target simultaneously.
magnetic sensor measures metallic signatures and algorithms recognise
the turret or centre of the target and determine the optimum position
for the warheads to detonate. The missile has an inertial impact fuse
for direct attack as well as a proximity fuse.
The missile (BILL II) has a double vertically striking shaped charge
high explosive (HE) warhead. The two shaped charge jets are
compensated to direct all the fragments of the jets downwards onto the
same spot on the surface of the target. First, the front warhead
destroys the reactive armour and then the rear warhead has free
passage to penetrate the main body armour of the tank.
Prior to missile launch, the gunner can select any of the following
three firing modes on the BILL I warhead:
mode: the missile flies about 1.05m above the line of sight and hits
the target from above. All sensors (magnetic and optical) are
activated and the algorithms are optimised for a defined threat.
Non-armoured target mode: the missile flies along the line of sight.
All sensors are disconnected. The impact fuse is selected.
target mode: the missile flies on the same elevated flight path as
in basic mode. The optical sensor is activated, the magnetic sensor
deactivated. Special algorithms are used for warhead initiation.
This mode can be adapted to suit customer requirements.
can be deployed either by it's stand alone mount or in a vehicle. The
Swedish Army use the Rb-56 in the "Pbv-401", the "Pvrbtgb-56", the
"Pvbv-2062", and the trail vehicle "Strf-9056".
Range 150m - 2.2km,
guidance wire guided SACLOS
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