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September 6, 2022

Saab holds first live firing to demonstrate MSHORAD capabilities

The air defence system identified, tracked, and engaged multiple targets during five rounds of firings.

Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab has successfully conducted the first live firing test of its Mobile Short-Range Air Defence (MSHORAD) system.

Delegates from 15 nations attended the live firing event at Karlskoga in Sweden.

The MSHORAD demonstrated its capabilities against targets, including a drone and an elevated helicopter airframe, through five firings.

According to the company, the air defence system identified, tracked, and engaged multiple targets during a series of firings. 

As part of the demonstration, the company also reconfigured the system to function as a portable firing unit.

The system also engaged a towed target as part of the night firing.

The tests were performed from the RBS 70 NG Mobile Firing Unit on the MARS-S330 vehicle.

A vehicle-integrated solution, MSHORAD is capable of quickly countering and neutralising new airborne threats including drones and uncrewed aerial vehicles, among others.

The system features the Giraffe 1X radar-based mobile radar unit and mobile firing unit that are connected with Saab’s GBAD C2.

The compact system’s modular design enables easy installation onto any vehicle platform.

Saab Missile Systems head Stefan Öberg said: “These successful firings proves that we have a fully operable mobile air defence solution.

“These firings highlights the value of a single supplier being able to deliver everything from a radar to the firing unit, including a GBAD C2 solution.

“The combination of our Giraffe 1X radar and the RBS 70 NG Mobile Firing Unit is the perfect match for a solution with first-class range, altitude coverage, and detection.”

In July this year, Saab signed a framework agreement with Swedish defence procurement agency FMV to deliver military training and simulation systems.

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