Brazilian Army orders RBS 70 VSHORADs from Saab

5 March 2014 (Last Updated March 5th, 2014 18:30)

Saab has been awarded a contract to supply the Robotsystem (RBS) 70 very short range air defence system (VSHORAD) to the Brazilian Army.

RBS70 system

Saab has been awarded a contract to supply the Robotsystem (RBS) 70 very short range air defence system (VSHORAD) to the Brazilian Army.

Valued at SEK80m ($12.3m), the contract covers delivery of an undisclosed number of RBS 70 man-portable launchers, Mk II type missiles and associated equipment.

Specific equipment to be supplied includes simulators, night vision equipment, a test set, maintenance tools, spares and associated equipment, as well as training for the weapon's operators and maintainers.

The systems, along with other equipment, are expected to be used to protect Brazil's strategic infrastructure, and the major sporting events the country will host in future, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Saab business area dynamics head Gorgen Johansson said: "This is very positive and it further proves the capability of the RBS 70 system which, by this contract, has been acquired by 19 countries located on all five continents.

"The system's unique capabilities, reliability and very low life-cycle cost are highly appreciated by all users in different exacting environments."

"Saab has also developed an upgraded version of the system, called RBS 70 NG, which is designed to deliver a highly accurate, man-portable system with 24/7 all-target capability that is immune to countermeasures."

Originally designed and manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics, the RBS 70 is a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) designed for anti-aircraft warfare and for protection of mobile units in all climate zones, with little to no support from other forces.

The basic RBS 70 comprises a tripod firing stand, optical sight and the missile in a launch container, which can be operated independently in stand-alone mode or can be configured with several firing units linked with a surveillance radar to form an anti-aircraft battery.

Saab has also developed an upgraded version of the system, called RBS 70 NG, which is designed to deliver a highly accurate, man-portable system with 24/7 all-target capability that is immune to countermeasures.

Initial deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place this year.


Image: Australian soldiers with RBS-70 system. Photo: courtesy of US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas E. Coffman.

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