In a test campaign on March 15, 2008, the RBS15 Mk3 heavy anti-ship missile, jointly developed by Diehl and Saab, demonstrated its ability to also engage land targets successfully.
The test was conducted at the Vidsel test range of the Swedish procurement agency FMV in northern Sweden in the presence of numerous government delegations from Germany, Poland, Sweden and other countries.
The missile launched from a vehicle on the ground automatically followed a pre-programmed trajectory across various terrain profiles. The missile was guided by its on-board navigation system along the trajectory with pinpoint accuracy via numerous waypoints to the target.
Having already impressively demonstrated the RBS15 missile's anti-ship capability in the past, this test's primary purpose was to verify the new GPS-aided land attack capability implemented in the Mk3 version.
The latest generation RBS15 Mk3 with its range of more than 200 kilometers, is a powerful and multi-purpose naval missile system for engaging sea and land targets.
In 2003, Saab Bofors Dynamics and Diehl BGT Defence signed an agreement for the development, production and marketing of the new RBS15 missiles. Two years later, the German Navy decided to procure RBS15 Mk3 for its new K130 corvettes. Subsequently, the Polish Navy ordered the missile for its ORKAN-class fast patrol boats.
Source: Diehl and Saab test RBS 15 Mk3 anti-ship missile's ability to engage land targets
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