The Bantam

Developed in the late 1950s at Bofors, Karlskoga the Bofors Anti-Tank Missile, or BANTAM for short, was designed to neutralise all breeds of tank within a range of two kilometres.

This photograph, taken on April 9 1965, shows three soldiers on their way to deploy their missiles. The missiles weighed 17 kilogrammes and could be carried and operated by a single man. The packaging doubled as a firing ramp.

An innovative feature of the BANTAM was the 2000 metre long, 0.16 millimetre thick wire attached to the missile. Through the wire the soldier steered the missile to its target.

The wire uncoiled rapidly – 80 meters per second – and initial testing featured the use of a fishing rod!