Czech Army successfully tests Saab’s RBS 70 NG system

16 November 2015 (Last Updated November 16th, 2015 18:30)

The Czech Army has successfully tested Saab's RBS 70 new generation (NG) very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system in a live-fire exercise near Český Krumlov, Czech Republic.

The Czech Army has successfully tested Saab's RBS 70 new generation (NG) very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system in a live-fire exercise near Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic.

Saab has integrated the RBS 70 NG system into the army's existing air defence system.

"This successful firing demonstrates the RBS 70 NG is a modern and highly flexible ground-based air defence system."

Conducted at the Boletice military training area, the exercise comprised several missile firings, with each missile successfully hitting its airborne target.

Czech Army 252nd Air Defence Missile Battalion commander lieutenant colonel Jan Suchý said: "Alongside the lightweight and integrated night-sight, one of the major advantages with the new RBS 70 NG is the automatic tracker, which allows the operator to lock-on to the target automatically."

Saab dynamics business area head Görgen Johansson said: "This successful firing demonstrates the RBS 70 NG is a modern and highly flexible ground-based air defence system with world-leading capabilities."

The RBS 70 NG system includes a launch container, a tripod, and an NG sight. A nozzle and sustainer motor in the midsection and a laser beam riding system at the tail end help stop the missile from jamming.

The complete VSHORAD system is operated by one person and requires three personnel for portability.

It can be applied in a multitude of system configurations, ranging from man-portable air defence system (MANPADS), to manned or even remotely controlled vehicle integrated air defence systems.

The sighting system was developed to be used with all existing and future generations of the RBS 70 missile family.