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Swedish Army Tests RBS 98 Air Defense Missile System


Swedish Army Tests RBS 98 Air Defense Missile System

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The Swedish Army is fielding a ground-launched version of the IRIS-T, designated RBS 98, to replace the RBS 70 missile system. Four missiles are carried on a special version of a BV 410 tracked armored vehicle. The target to be fought in this case is one of FMV’s unmanned target robots. Apart from a small software adjustment, this is the same missile that has been a missile for years on the fighter aircraft Jas 39 Gripen. Sweden also has brought the Saab Dynamics RBS-23 Bofors Advanced Missile System Evaluation (BAMSE) out of storage for deployment to Gotland in 2019.

The Norwegian Army has decided to acquire a “Mobile Ground Based Air Defence System” in a direct acquisition with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. The deliveries are planned for 2018 to 2021 and the system will reuse NASAMS command and control and its network solutions, to create a “highly mobile, short-range air defence system”. The project includes six modified M113 vehicles carrying IRIS-T-missiles. A version with a Lockheed Martin command and control station and SAAB Giraffe 4A AESA radar was shown at IDEX 2019 under the name Falcon.

Swedish Army Tests RBS 98 Air Defense Missile System
The final qualification firing of the ground-launched version of Robot System 98, otherwise known as the IRIS-T, has cleared the way for its service introduction into the Swedish Air-Defense Regiment.

The IRIS-T (Infra Red Imaging System Tail/Thrust Vector-Controlled) is a German-led program to develop a short-range infrared homing air-to-air missile to replace the AIM-9 Sidewinder found in some NATO member countries. In 1995, Germany announced the IRIS-T development program, in collaboration with Greece, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Canada. Workshare arrangements for IRIS-T development are: Germany 46%, Italy 19%, Sweden 18%, Greece 13% and 4% split between Canada and Norway.

Any aircraft capable of firing the Sidewinder is also capable of launching the IRIS-T. In comparison to the AIM-9L Sidewinder, the IRIS-T has higher ECM-resistance and flare suppression. Improvements in target discrimination not only allows for 5 to 8 times longer head-on firing range than the AIM-9L. In addition, the IRIS-T has the unique ability ,a surface launched variant of the IRIS-T the IRIS-T SL actually has even further enhanced capabilities capable of destroying aircraft.

Swedish Army Tests RBS 98 Air Defense Missile System
Swedish Army Tests RBS 98 Air Defense Missile System

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