Discover RBS-17 anti-ship missile donated by Sweden to Ukraine to destroy Russian ships

According to a statement published by the Swedish MoD on June 2, 2022, Sweden has decided to offer new military aid to Ukraine including the donation of Robot-17 (also called RBS-17) short-range anti-ship missiles. In this article, discover the combat capabilities of the Swedish RBS-17 anti-ship missiles, based on Hellfire AGM-114 explained by the Navy Recognition editorial team.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Robot 17, or RBS 17, anti-ship missiles during a training (Picture source: Swedish MoD)

Basically, Robot 17 is an American Hellfire AGM-114C, which has proven to be effective in combat. The American robot was then modified by the Swedish industry to suit Swedish conditions and subsequently given the name Robot 17.

Robot 17, like the other Hellfire variants, is controlled by the reflection of a laser that illuminates the target. The amphibious unit is the unit that has the task, with the help of an illuminator, of illuminating the target for which the robot is intended.

The robotic system is currently transported by combat boat and carried ashore by amphibious soldiers. Both the robot and the illuminator can be mounted on boats and vehicles, which is being investigated as part of the development of the system.

Each Hellfire missile weighs 47 kilograms (104 lb), including the 9 kilograms (20 lb) warhead, and has a range of 7.1–11 kilometers (4.4–6.8 mi) depending on the trajectory.