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Saab Receives Order for Next Generation Anti-Ship Missiles Rb 15 Mk 3+ & Rb 15 F-ER.

| 2017
Naval Defense News - Sweden
Saab Receives Order for Next Generation Anti-Ship Missiles Rb-15 Mk 3+ & Rb 15 F-ER
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of the next generation anti-ship missile system. The total order value amounts to SEK3.2 billion and deliveries will take place during the period 2017-2026.
Saab Receives Order for Next Generation Anti-Ship Missiles Rb-15 Mk 3+ & Rb 15 F-ERArtist impression: A Visby corvette launching an RBS 15 Mk3. Picture: Saab
The contract signed is a development programme of an anti-ship missile system in both air-launched and ship-launched configurations. The next generation anti-ship missile system will be integrated on the new Gripen E fighters and in the Visby class corvettes.

“These next generation missiles will provide the Swedish Air Force and the Royal Swedish Navy with greatly improved capabilities, compared to other missiles on the market. They will have the capability to engage any target, in all conditions”, says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

The missile system has an improved combat range, an upgraded target seeker, and a lower mass compared to the earlier system. It also has an ability to combat a wide spectrum of naval and land-based targets, an all-weather capability and a new design enabling future growth potential.

The new system combines proven capabilities from Saab’s anti-ship RBS15 missile family with new and enhanced capabilities. The RBS15 missile family is jointly produced by Saab and Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG.

“Diehl is proud to continue its participation in the RBS15 success story with our missile know-how and proven expertise. This joint programme will strengthen the position of both companies as world leaders in anti-ship missile technology, being the first to introduce a next generation missile to the market”, says Claus Günther, CEO of Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG.

The RBS15 is a missile system that has been used by navies, coastal batteries and air forces for almost 30 years. The missile system can defeat advanced threats and has a long range.

The new anti-ship missiles should be created in a ship-based version under the designation Rb 15 Mk 3+ (primarily for equipping corvettes of the Swedish Navy Visby-class) and in the air-launched version under the designation Rb 15 F-ER (extended range) for equipping Saab JAS-39E fighters planned for the Swedish Air Force Gripen NG. The arrival of new missiles for armament is expected "in the mid-2020s" (according to Saab AB, the beginning of supplies is scheduled for 2026).

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