Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration for continued support of the Swedish Armed Forces’ Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) systems. The order value is approximately SEK 170 million and the order was booked in Q4 2022. The contract period is 2023-2025 with options for another three years. The work will take place at Saab’s sites in Halmstad, Växjö and Gothenburg, Sweden, as well at on-site at the customer. Saab has provided support for the Swedish Armed Forces’ GBAD systems for more than 60 years. The support currently includes the missile systems RBS 70 and RBS 90 as well as the ground-based radars Giraffe AMB and Giraffe 75. Saab also handles support for the RBS 97 in addition to command and control systems and software.
“By providing continued support, we contribute to ensuring the readiness of Swedish ground based air defence systems and that the Armed Forces can continue to keep Sweden’s airspace safe,” says Michael Olofsson, head of Saab’s business unit Tactical Support Solutions.
RBS 70 (Robotsystem 70) is a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) designed for anti-aircraft warfare in all climate zones and with little to no support from other forces. RBS 90 (Robotsystem 90) is designed for air defense of armored and army formations, as well as bases of the Air Force from attacks of all means of air attack. The complex complements the RBS-70 system and is considered an air defense system of division level. The division of the Swedish Armed Forces intends to have one battery of RBS-90 systems and two RBS-70 batteries. RBS 97 (Robotsystem 90 or Raytheon MIM-23 HAWK)is a key element in Swedish air defense, capable of destroying high-flying targets from a range of as much as 24.8 miles.
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