Saab RBS 70 Bolide Man-portable Air-defense Systems (MANPADS)
Saab RBS 70 Bolide Man-portable Air-defense Systems (MANPADS)

Finland Places Order for RBS 70 Bolide Man-portable Air-defense Systems (MANPADS)

Saab has received an order from Finland regarding missiles for the RBS 70 short-range air defense (SHORAD) man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS). The order value is approximately SEK 800 million and deliveries will take place 2023-2026. The order includes Saab’s latest version of the RBS 70 missile, Bolide, which enables engagement with airborne armoured targets and drones. The missile will be used with Finland’s current RBS 70 systems, which have been in use in the country for more than 15 years. In Finland the system is referred to as ITO05 and ITO05M (Ilmatorjuntaohjus 05).

Saab’s portfolio of short-range, ground-based air defence missile systems includes the RBS 70 and the latest version, RBS 70 NG. RBS 70 (Robotsystem 70) is a man-portable air-defense system designed for anti-aircraft warfare in all climate zones and with little to no support from other forces. Originally designed and manufactured by the Swedish defence firm of Bofors Defence (now Saab Bofors Dynamics). The RBS 70 has an impressive track-record on the market with more than 1,600 launchers and over 18,000 missiles delivered to 19 nations on all continents and in arctic, desert, and tropical environments.

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Mk 1 and Mk 2 followed shortly and are the standard RBS 70 with a range of 5,000–6,000 m and a ceiling of 3,000 m. In 2003 the “BOLIDE” upgrade system was introduced to the RBS 70. The BOLIDE missile is an RBS 70 Mk 2 upgrade that is faster (Mach 2 vs Mach 1.6), with a range up to 8 km (5.0 mi) and can reach an altitude of 6 km. Deliveries were initiated in 2005. In 2011, Saab Bofors Dynamics announced the introduction of the new RBS 70 New Generation (RBS 70 NG). The upgraded version included an improved sighting system capable of night vision and improved training and after-action review features.

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