Swedish Navy Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries

Swedish Navy Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries

Swedish Navy Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries

Swedish Navy Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries


The Swedish Coastal Artillery was equipped with RBS-15Ms, which were mounted on Scania trucks. Four missile batteries were planned, but in the end only one battery was ever ordered serving from 1995 to 2000 when the coastal artillery was disbanded. The vehicles in the battery where then scattered. However, in November 2016 it was announced that a secret number of missile trucks had been gathered and reactivated under Navy control. The Swedish Armed Forces (F√∂rsvarsmakten) has reactivated a land-based mobile RBS15 coastal defence capability on the Baltic coast, some 16 years after it was decommissioned due to budget cuts. By reintroducing them, the Swedish Navy will be able to launch Saab-made RBS15 anti-ship missiles from the country’s coastlines against targets at sea at great distances.
Swedish Navy Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries

Swedish Navy Truck-Based RBS15 Coastal Defence Batteries


The RBS-15 (Robotsystem 15) is a long-range fire-and-forget surface-to-surface and air-to-surface, anti-ship missile. The missile was developed by the Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics. The later version Mk3 (not used yet by Sweden but in use with the German and Polish navies) has the ability to attack land targets as well. Due to its high maneuverability, the long-range, all-weather capable, fire-and-forget RBS15 Mk3 missile can track targets in low-level flight directly above the water surface and fly around or over islands at distances up to and far beyond 200km. It is extremely resistant to electronic countermeasures and characterized by high robustness against air defence sites employing guided and tube weapons, for instance, by unexpected evasive maneuvers during terminal approach.

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