Saab to Supply RBS15 Anti-Ship Missiles to Visby-Class Corvettes

Released on Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Czech Republic
JAS 39C Gripen
RBS15 Mk3
Saab has been awarded a SEK 210 million ($30 million) contract by the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) to adapt and integrate a combat management system for the RBS15 anti-ship missile on the Visby-class corvette.

The RBS15 missiles will be integrated on weapon decks to keep Visby-class stealth corvettes radar signature. According to previous plans, each Visby-class corvette will be able to carry up to 8 RBS 15 missiles along with and unknown number of BAMSE surface-to-air missiles and other weapon systems such as rockets and a 57mm gun.

RBS15 is a long range, sea-skimming anti-ship missile being launched by a wide range of military platforms from trucks to aircraft. Visby-class corvettes have been designed to perform littoral warfare featuring extensive use of low observable technologies. The Swedish Navy ordered 5 Visby-class corvettes with another one as option.

Additionally, The Czech evaluation commission for aircraft procurement recommended JAS 39 Gripen to its government ahead of other tenders.

Saab is offering to loan 14 Gripens for 5/10 years to the Czech Republic Air Force. If the deal does go ahead, the 14 C standard Gripen aircraft offered by Sweden will need minor modifications to fulfill the Czech Republic requirements.


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