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Saab Receives Order from Sweden for Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD)

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Saab Receives Order from Sweden for Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD)

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Saab Receives Order from Sweden for Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD)
Saab Receives Order from Sweden for Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD)

Saab has received an order for its Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD) solution from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). The contract period is 2024-2026 and the order value is approximately SEK 300 million. Saab booked the order in the fourth quarter 2023. FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces will use the acquired solution for two configurations, both integrated on the BvS10 armoured vehicle, to further define Sweden’s future mobile air defence requirements. Saab’s MSHORAD is a vehicle-integrated solution that can identify, counter and neutralise air threats, including UAVs and armoured helicopters, quickly and effectively.

“We are proud that our Swedish customer has chosen to use Saab’s mobile short range air defence solution for this purpose. Our advanced solution is truly mobile, providing crucial protection for forces on the battlefield,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

Saab MSHORAD with RBS 70 NG and Giraffe 1X?

BvS10 (Bandvagn Skyddad 10, also known as Bandvagn 410 or BV410) Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD) with Saab MSHORAD (RBS 70 NG and Giraffe 1X). (Photo by Saab)

The Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD) system consists of a mobile radar unit, based on the Giraffe 1X radar and a mobile firing unit, based on RBS 70 NG, all connected with Saab’s ground-based air defence command and control solution, GBAD C2. 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. The RBS 70 New Generation (RBS 70 NG) is an upgraded version included an improved sighting system automatic target tracking capable of night vision and improved training and after-action review features.

Giraffe 1X is in a class of its own with its combination of small size, multi-role capabilities, range performance and flexibility. The radar can detect a UAV lighter than a milk carton as far as 4 km from the radar. The command and control system (C2) creates a local air picture, evaluates the threat and provides automatic engagement support. Once data is received, RBS 70 NG’s missiles engage within five seconds. The product also features visual 3D cueing. The solution’s modular design means it is incredibly flexible and can be installed alongside existing equipment.

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