RBS 70 Short-Range Anti-Aircraft Missile

Source : army-technology.com



The RBS 70 short-range anti-aircraft missile is operational with the Swedish Armed Forces and has also been exported to 18 countries worldwide, including Australia, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Latvia Norway, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia and the UAE.

The RBS 70 missile can be operated independently in stand-alone mode or can be configured with several firing units linked with a surveillance radar to form an anti-aircraft battery. The truck-mounted Giraffe land mobile radar developed by Ericsson (now Saab Microwave Systems) can be linked to nine RBS 70 firing posts. Typically 4km apart, the firing posts protect an area of 175km². The target data, including range, bearing and velocity, is transmitted to each designated missile firing post.

The RBS 70 system entered service in 1977 with the Mk 1 missile. Current production model is the Mk 2. The Bolide missile is a further development of the Mk 2 with a new sustainer rocket motor, which increases missile speed and manoeuvrability. Bolide was ordered by Australia in 2003 with a follow-on order in April 2004.

RBS 70 anti-aircraft missile orders and deliveries

The RBS 70 was ordered by the Latvian Air Force in November 2004. Deliveries were made in 2006 and 2007.

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