​Ukrainian Armed Forces Received Swedish Pvpj 1110: Does It Have the Power to Crush Either a BMP-3 or a Tank

Swedish Pvpj 1110 recoilless gun / Open source illustrative photo
Swedish Pvpj 1110 recoilless gun / Open source illustrative photo

How effective can a weapon "of the 1960s origin" be in the conditions of modern warfare

A week ago, media started speaking of the Armed Forces of Ukraine receiving "Pvpj 1110" recoilless guns of Swedish production, which could have been delivered from Estonia.

The first to "signal" about the appearance of such a Swedish gun in the Ukrainian army were in fact russian occupation forces, who seized a Pvpj 1110 sample during the battles in the Donetsk region.

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Swedish Pvpj 1110 recoilless gun
Swedish Pvpj 1110 recoilless gun / Open source illustrative photo

Production of the Swedish Pvpj 1110 started back in the 1960s, and the appearance of such a weapon on the battlefield in Ukraine in 2022 looks more than exotic. Therefore, the Pvpj 1110 gun in the UAF deserves special attention, and here we will rely on the corresponding publication from ArmyInform.

As it follows from the title of this article, in terms of its characteristics and functionality, the Swedish Pvpj 1110 is essentially an "analog" of the Soviet SPG-9 anti-tank recoilless gun.

The Pvpj 1110 is no longer in mass production. But this gun is still in service with some amphibious, tank and infantry units of the Swedish army. Also, the Pvpj 1110 is currently in service with the armed forces of the Baltic countries, which gave rise to the hypothesis that this "Swedish analogue of the SPG-9" could be obtained from Estonia, for instance.

However, the Pvpj 1110 has a rather high mass of 120 kg in the combat stance and 260 kg in the transportable stance, compared to the SPG-9 with its 47-kg mass. Therefore, this Swedish recoilless gun is by standard equipped to be towed by truck or be installed on an armored vehicle.

The following types of ammunition are used for firing from the Pvpj 1110: Slpsgr m/62 weighing 10.7 kg, which penetrates 380 mm of homogeneous rolled armor; Slpsgr m/77 round weighing 11.2 kg, which has an armor penetration of 500 mm; and the newest Slpsgr m/84 weighing 10 kg, which penetrates 800 mm of armor.

The effective firing range is 900 m, and the maximum is 4.5 km. Theoretically, the characteristics of ammunition for the Pvpj 1110 make it possible to damage russian BMP-3, or even some old T-62 or T-72A tanks. But the effectiveness of the practical use of the Swedish Pvpj 1110 directly depends on the course of events on the battlefield.

Nevertheless, since the Swedish Pvpj 1110 has found its place in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it means that the weapon "originated in the 1960s" shows itself as effective in the conditions of the war against the russian federation in 2022.

Swedish Pvpj 1110 recoilless gun mounted on a
Swedish Pvpj 1110 recoilless gun mounted on a "wagon" / Open source illustrative photo
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