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Swedish Armed Forces Receive New Mobile Saab RBS 15 MK2 Anti-Ship Missile Systems.

The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has delivered an undisclosed number of new mobile platforms equipped with the Saab-made RBS 15 MK2 anti-ship missile to the Swedish Armed Forces. This delivery marks a significant enhancement in Sweden's coastal defense capabilities, providing increased mobility and flexibility in deploying the RBS 15 MK2 system.
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The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has delivered an undisclosed number of mobile RBS 15 Mk2 anti-ship missile systems to Swedish armed forces.  (Picture source: FMV)

According to information published on the X account "Gripen News," on July 9, 2024, the new mobile RBS 15 Mk2 anti-ship missile system is mounted on robust Volvo truck chassis, ensuring durability and ease of transport across various terrains.

The RBS 15, developed by Saab Bofors Dynamics, is a long-range, fire-and-forget anti-ship missile system that has significantly evolved since its inception in the late 1970s. Initially introduced as the RBS 15 Mk I in the early 1980s, it was designed for both ship and coastal battery launches, featuring a turbojet engine, a range of up to 70 kilometers, and an active radar seeker for precise targeting.

The development of the RBS 15 Mk II in the early 1990s brought notable enhancements, including an extended range of up to 200 kilometers and an improved guidance system with an upgraded active radar seeker, allowing for better target acquisition and tracking even in cluttered environments. The Mk II also featured a more lethal high-explosive warhead capable of penetrating modern warships' hulls, and it incorporated sea-skimming capabilities to evade enemy radar. Additionally, the Mk II was adapted for deployment from various platforms, including coastal defense systems and aircraft, enhancing its operational versatility.

In addition to the deployment of the RBS 15 MK2, FMV announced that a further developed platform would soon be ready for the new RBS 15 MK4 missile. The MK4 variant represents the next generation of Saab's missile technology, featuring enhancements for both anti-ship and land-attack capabilities. The RBS 15 MK4 is expected to offer extended range, improved targeting precision, and advanced electronic countermeasures, significantly bolstering Sweden's strategic and tactical defense operations.

The Mk IV variant aims to build on the strengths of its predecessors while introducing advanced capabilities for both anti-ship and land-attack missions. Expected features include extended range, enhanced targeting precision, and sophisticated electronic countermeasures, ensuring the RBS 15 system remains at the forefront of modern missile technology.

The introduction of these new anti-ship mobile platforms underscores Sweden's commitment to maintaining a robust defense posture and its strategic investment in cutting-edge military technology. The collaboration between FMV and Saab continues to play a critical role in ensuring that the Swedish Armed Forces are equipped with the latest advancements to protect national security and sovereignty.

As geopolitical tensions and maritime security challenges persist globally, the enhancement of Sweden's missile capabilities through platforms like the RBS 15 MK2 and the upcoming MK4 will provide a crucial deterrent and operational advantage in safeguarding the nation's interests.

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