Swedish company Saab has been awarded a contract to deliver missiles for the Lithuanian Land Forces’ RSB 70 short-range air defence (SHORAD) system.

The contract has been awarded by the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence’s (MND) procurement unit Defence Materiel Agency.

The four-year contract will allow the agency to place orders for the RSB 70 system’s missiles until 2026.

Under this deal, the Defence Materiel Agency has already placed the first order to procure missiles for the Lithuanian RSB 70 system.

This initial order has an estimated value of $31.18m (Skr350m) and the missiles will be delivered between 2023 and 2024.

Saab business area dynamics head Görgen Johansson said: “Our best-in-class short range air defence missiles delivers a tactical advantage.

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“The recent contract will further strengthen Lithuania’s air defence capability through the RBS 70 system and its high-performance missiles.”

Saab’s RBS 70 ground-based air defence system has been in service with the Lithuanian Land Forces since 2004.

The latest version of RBS 70, called RBS 70 NG, is a reliable, precise, and flexible defence system.

It has a fully integrated sighting system, highly accurate range, unjammable laser guidance, and other operator aids.

The scalable, portable air defence system can also be integrated with different ground vehicles.

So far, the company has delivered over 1,600 RBS 70 launcher systems, as well as more than 18,000 missiles to nearly 19 countries worldwide.

In 2018, the Lithuanian MND contracted Saab to deliver and integrate advanced missile systems and BORC night-capability sights onto the RBS 70 system.

This provided greater range and higher altitude coverage to the Lithuanian Armed Forces to protect against armoured targets.