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SAAB receives order from Germany for RBS15 anti-ship missiles


According to a press release published on September 11, 2020, Swedish Company Saab has received an order from its German partner Diehl Defence for the RBS15 anti-ship missile for provision to the German Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Corvette GÄVLE firing an RBS15 anti-ship missile. (Picture source SAAB)


This order is part of a framework agreement between Saab and Diehl Defence, which offers the possibility for additional procurement in the future, where Saab’s share is up to approximately 1.5 BSEK. The agreement allows orders to be placed until the end of 2024.

The RBS15 missiles and launcher systems provided in this order will be placed on the German Navy’s Braunschweig Class Corvettes. In addition to the missile systems, the order also includes associated equipment and services. The German Navy has been a user of RBS15 since 2011.

“We are proud to continue to support the German Navy with additional RBS15 systems. This framework agreement is an important milestone in our long-standing cooperation with Diehl Defence and our relationship with Germany. We look forward to continue building our partnership and supporting the German Navy’s capability with our state-of-the-art anti-ship missile systems”, says Micael Johansson, President, and CEO of Saab.

“The new contract award is a sign of confidence from the German Navy and government authorities toward Diehl Defence and its strategic cooperation with Saab in the field of modern weapon systems destined for the Navy”, added Helmut Rauch, CEO and President of the Corporate Division Board of Diehl Defence.

RBS15 provides naval operators with a long-range all-weather anti-ship and sea denial capability and is designed to overcome the challenges of the modern naval battlespace. Built for deployment on multiple platforms, the RBS15 missile system currently serves with the armed forces of several nations around the world.

The RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile (SSM) was developed jointly by Diehl BGT Defence and Saab Bofors Dynamics. It is the latest variant of the RBS15 anti-ship missile family. It is a fire-and-forget, subsonic cruise type missile launched from ships and trucks. The missile can be used for anti-ship missions and land strikes.

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.