Polish ORP Orkan fast attack craft successfully fires RBS-15 missile


According to a tweet published by the Armed Forces General Command of Poland on September 2, 2021, the Polish ORP Orkan fast attack craft successfully fired RBS-15 surface-to-surface missiles.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 ORP Orkan fast attack craft from the Polish Navy (Picture source: Twitter account of the Armed Forces General Command of Poland)


ORP Orkan is an Orkan-class fast attack craft and sister ship of Grom and Piorun.

The original project was prepared by the German Democratic Republic for its navy and was named Project 660 (Sassnitz class). After the Unification of Germany the unfinished hulls were bought by the Polish Navy from VEB Peenewerft shipyard in Wolgast and successfully completed in Northern Shipyard in Gdańsk.

The RBS-15 (Robotsystem 15) is a long-range fire-and-forget surface-to-surface and air-to-surface anti-ship missile. The later version Mk. III has the ability to attack land targets as well. The missile was developed by the Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics.

The RBS15 Mk3 missile has a length of 4.35 m, a fuselage diameter of 0.5 m, and a wingspan of 1.4 m. The launch and in-flight weights of the missile are 800 kg and 650 kg respectively. It can strike targets within the range of 200 km while traveling at a subsonic speed of 0.9 Mach.


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