Saab to supply RBS 70 NG air defence system to undisclosed customer

21 September 2016 (Last Updated September 21st, 2016 18:30)

Saab has received a contract from an undisclosed customer to supply RBS 70 NG very short range air defence (VSHORAD) system.

Saab has received a contract from an undisclosed customer to supply RBS 70 NG very short range air defence (VSHORAD) system.

The SEK378m ($44.1m) contract includes the supply and long-term maintenance and support of the latest version of the advanced air defence missile system.

Saab Dynamics head and senior vice-president Görgen Johansson said: “We are very proud of the confidence our customers place in the RBS 70 NG system and are satisfied to have been able to secure this order for the system.”

The RBS 70 NG comes with an integrated high-resolution thermal imager for 24/7 capability and a new generation sighting system with automatic tracker function.

Its advanced cueing improves reaction times and target acquisition, while a built-in video records for after-action review.

Deliveries under the contract will begin in 2018 and continue through to 2020.

"The RBS 70 NG comes with an integrated high-resolution thermal imager for 24/7 capability and a new generation sighting system with automatic tracker function."

In July this year, the Latvian and Lithuanian air forces successfully test-fired the VSHORAD during the air defence exercise, Baltic Zenith 2016.

The exercise held in Škede, Latvia also included testing of earlier generation RBS 70 systems.

Soldiers and national guards from Latvia's Air Defence Wing of Air Force Aviation Base and 17th Air Defence Battalion of the National Guard, as well as soldiers of the Air Defence Unit of Lithuanian Armed Forces took part in the exercise.


Image: The order includes the supply and long-term maintenance and support of RBS 70 NG. Photo: courtesy of Saab.