Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for production of next-generation anti-ship missiles. The total order value amounts to SEK500m and deliveries will begin in the mid-2020s.
This follows Saab’s earlier announcement of an order from FMV for development and production of the new missile system, to be be integrated on both the new Gripen E fighters and the Visby class corvettes. The total value of that order was estimated at SEK3.2bn, with deliveries scheduled to take place over the period 2017-2026.
According to Saab, the next generation anti-ship missile system combines proven capabilities from the RBS15 anti-ship missile family with new and enhanced capabilities. The RBS15 is a missile system that has been used by navies, coastal batteries and air forces for almost 30 years.
Saab indicates that the next-generation missile system has an improved combat range, an upgraded seeker, and a lower mass compared to the earlier system. It also has an ability to combat a wide spectrum of naval and land-based targets, an all-weather capability and a new design enabling future growth potential.
The RBS15 missile family is jointly produced by Saab and Diehl Defence.