Pvrbv 551

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Pansarvärnsrobotbandvagn 551
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
93 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 10 / 5Hull
0 / 0 / 0Turret
9.7 tWeight
259 hp136 hpEngine power
27 hp/t14 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
41 km/h forward
7 km/h back
38 km/h forward
6 km/h back
Rbs 55 ATGMMain weapon
8 roundsAmmunition
10.0 / 13.0 sReload
1 roundsBelt capacity
5 shots/minFire rate
-13° / 25°Vertical guidance
-120° / 120°Horizontal guidance
up to 5 km/hFire on the move
180 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
490 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 160 / 7 989/2 600 / 3 372/2 000 / 2 593Repair
140 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
490 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 000 Ge icon.pngAces
214 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Pvrbv 551.jpg

The Pansarvärnsrobotbandvagn 551 is a rank VI Swedish tank destroyer with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm



Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 41 7 9.7 193 259 19.9 26.7
Realistic 38 6 120 136 12.37 14.02


Main armament

Main article: Rbs 55

The Rbs 55 is the same ATGM launcher found on the UDES 33 but gets access to better munitions. The reload time is the same as the UDES so enemies will be able to replace their crew member quicker than your reload. It also gets less ammo, carrying only 8 rounds instead of 10. It is recommended to take a full ammo load as you will definitely run low during an extended battle. The firing angles are more restricted vertically, with only -13° compared to the UDES' -20°. It is horizontally restricted to the 4 o'clock right and 8 o'clock left positions.

However, there is one big upgrade this launcher gets compared to the UDES; the ammunition. It starts off with the potent RB 55B (I-TOW) but can upgrade to the deadly RB 55C (TOW-2). The RB 55B is a good stock munition, being able to penetrate most, if not all, vehicles it faces within its BR range. However, the RB 55C is one of the best ATGMs at its BR range. With 800 mm of penetration, it has the ability to penetrate all vehicles at its BR and more. The slightly higher velocity makes it easier to hit long range targets before they can potentially drive into cover. It's also a Tier II modification so it can be unlocked relatively fast. This makes the launcher one of the most dangerous weapons to face at any range, provided the operator can stay alive, as the gunner is exposed from the waist up on the vehicle.

Rbs 55 ATGM Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 8 -13°/+25° ±120° N/A __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__
Realistic __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
RB 55B ATGM 630 630 630 630 630 630
RB 55C ATGM 800 800 800 800 800 800
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
RB 55B ATGM 296 19 0 0.01 2,080 80° 82° 90°
RB 55C ATGM 329 21.4 0 0.01 3,130 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

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Usage in battles

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Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE RB 55C
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine NVD

Pros and cons


  • RB 55B (I-TOW) is a potent stock ATGM, penetrating 630 mm of armour
  • Comes with a stock 66 mm smoke grenade launcher
  • The upgraded RB 55C (TOW-2) is a Tier II upgrade in modifications
  • RB 55C penetrates 800 mm of armour and a faster velocity of 329 m/s
  • Researchable Night Vision Device


  • Has virtually no armour, any heavy calibre machine gun can penetrate it from the front or side
  • Gunner is exposed to artillery, aircraft strafing and machine gun fire
  • Mediocre mobility, slower than most MBTs
  • Less gun depression than its predecessor, UDES 33 (-13° instead of -20°)
  • Inherits the same Horizontal Guidance problem with its predecessor (only able to rotate the launcher to a certain angle)
  • Vulnerable while firing the launcher


In 1983, the Swedish military gave a contract to Hägglunds and Söner to convert Ikv 102 and Ikv 103 vehicles into Pvrbv 551 anti-tank missile carriers. The Ikv 102 and Ikv 103, infantry support vehicles mounting a 105 mm gun, had become obsolete in the past few years. At the same time, the same companies were contracted to convert Ikv 102 and Ikv 103 vehicles into Lvrbv 701 surface-to-air missile carriers. The hull of the Ikv 102/Ikv 103 was plated over, in order to extend the crew compartment the full length of the vehicle. The engine was replaced by a Ford V-6 engine. The armament consisted of a TOW ATGM launcher in the center of the hull, which was raised up through a circular opening in the roof of the vehicle - covered by a two piece hatch - in order to fire the weapon. 55 Pvrbv 551 vehicles were delivered to the Swedish military.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Sweden tank destroyers
  Spj fm/43-44 · Ikv 72 · Ikv 73 · Ikv 103 · Pvkv II · Pvkv m/43 (1946) · Pvkv m/43 (1963) · Pvrbv 551
  SAV 20.12.48 · Sav m/43 (1944) · Sav m/43 (1946) · U-SH 405 · UDES 33