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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1978
Total Production: 1,600
Origin: Sweden
Corporations: Saab
Parent System: RBS70
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1978
Total Production: 1,600
Family Members: RBS70 NG
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Description: The RBS70 is an all-weather, day and night, very short range air defense system (VSHORAD) for use by dismounted infantry or integrated on armored and non-armored vehicles. Until September 2011, this weapon system had been ordered by 18 countries worldwide with more than 1,600 launch posts and more than 17,000 missile rounds produced so far. Australia and Finland have placed significant firm orders for this system in the recent years. The first generation RBS70 was introduced in 1978 followed by the second generation in 1982 and the third generation in 1990. In 2003, Saab introduced the fourth generation incorporating the Bolide missile, non-cooled laser designator, a thermal imager and digital IFF as well as other enhancements. A further version known as the RBS70 NG was introduced by Saab in September 2011.

The RBS70 air defense system comprises tripod, sight containing an IFF and a night sight and the Bolide supersonic surface-to-air missile featuring a jamming resistant laser beam riding guidance system. The tripod and the sight weigh about 25 and 35 kg respectively. It can be networked to other RBS70 systems and/or to a surveillance radar to perform as a wider, more capable air defense system. The RBS70 weapon system is intended to protect ground forces and sites against aircraft, helicopter, UAV and missile threats. During an engagement, the RBS70 operator must illuminate the target with the laser designator in order to guide the Bolide missile to its intended target.

The original RBS70 surface-to-air missile had a maximum range of 5,000 meters and the ability to shoot down airborne targets at altitudes of more than 2,000 meters. In 2003, the Bolide missile added the capability to destroy a wide array of airborne targets such as missiles and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) at extended ranges and higher altitudes utilizing a new warhead. The Mach 2 Bolide has a maximum range of 8,000 meters and can hit targets flying at altitudes up to 5,000 meters.

On November 25, 2004, the government of Latvia and Saab Bofors Dynamics signed an agreement worth SEK185 million ($26 million) for the purchase of the RBS70 air defense system for the Latvian Air Force. The agreement includes both Sweden and new production RBS70s to be delivered in 2006 and 2007 configured following the most modern standard. Czech Republic purchased the RBS70 air defense system with a night sight through a SEK 204 million contract on December 15, 2004. The contract included Bolide missiles and aircraft identification (IFF). Deliveries were scheduled to occur in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

RBS70 Applications

Auxiliary Vessels Landsort Styrso

RBS70 Specifications

System Crew: 2
Target's Max Altitude: 5,000 meter
Weapon Max Range: 8,000 meter
Weapon Min Range: 200 meter
SetUp Time: 30 second (0.50 minute)
System Weight: 87 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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RBS70 News

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23 May 2003 and 15 Aug 2016
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Monday, August 15, 2016Australian Army Enhancing its RBS 70 and Giraffe AMB Air Defense Capabilities
Wednesday, July 6, 2016Latvian Air Force Conducts Successful Live Firing of RBS70 NG Surface-to-Air Missile System
Monday, June 29, 2015Saab Receives Order for RBS70 Missiles
Saturday, June 13, 2015Lithuania Takes Over Upgraded RBS70 Firing Posts and Bolide Surface-to-Air Missiles
Wednesday, June 11, 2014Irish Defence Forces to Upgrade its RBS70 Air Defense Systems
Monday, March 3, 2014Brazilian Army Orders RBS 70 Very Short Range Air Defense System from Saab
Tuesday, September 13, 2011Saab Unveils New RBS70 NG Weapon System
Thursday, November 18, 2010Kongsberg Awarded Simulator Contract with Swedish Army
Wednesday, January 27, 2010Finland Orders Further RBS 70 Air Defense Systems
Thursday, January 18, 2007Saab Sells Additional RBS70 Air Defense Systems to Finland

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