Saab and Polish Navy test RBS15 Mk3 missile


Saab and the Polish Navy have successfully completed sea acceptance testing of the RBS15 Mk3 missile, paving the way for its integration onboard the navy's Orkan-class fast-attack vessels.

Saab Dynamics Missile Systems head of business unit Stefan Oberg said: "We have successfully completed the sea acceptance tests for the first of three ships within the Polish Orkan-class.

"With the RBS15 Mk3, Poland now has an anti-ship missile that can defeat targets at a range of more than 200km, in all weather conditions. It is an impressive offensive capability by any standard."

"With the RBS15 Mk3, Poland now has an anti-ship missile that can defeat targets at a range of more than 200km."

Carried out as part of a contract awarded in 2006 to deliver RBS15 Mk3 missiles and integrate them onboard Orkan-class ships, the testing involved simulated missile firings to validate ship-missile interfaces.

Each Orkan-class craft is capable of carrying eight of the 14.2ft-long anti-ship missiles, which contain inertial, GPS guidance systems and a 441lb warhead.

Saab Europe and Greater Middle East Market Area Naval Segment CEE head Jason Howard said: "Throughout all the tests, the level of cooperation with the Polish Navy and Polish industry has been excellent.

"This achievement is further testament to our long-term commitment to the Polish Navy and local industry, and we believe there will be further opportunities such as Poland's upcoming surface vessel requirements."

Piorun and Grom, the two remaining Orkan-class ships, will undergo similar missile systems tests later this year.