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June 11, 2015

German-Swedish RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missile completes operational test

The German-Swedish anti-ship missile RBS15 Mk3 has successfully completed its operational test abroad the German Navy's K130 Braunschweig-class corvette, Magdeburg (F 261), at a test site in Swedish territorial waters.

By Samseer M

Saab missile

The German-Swedish anti-ship missile RBS15 Mk3 has successfully completed its operational test abroad the German Navy’s K130 Braunschweig-class corvette, Magdeburg (F 261), at a test site in Swedish territorial waters.

The operational test, which helped the missile to secure qualification, comprises the entire performance record, ranging from target assignment and mission planning, to missile launch and striking the target.

Developed jointly by Diehl BGT Defence and Saab Bofors Dynamics, the RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile (SSM) is the latest variant of the RBS15 anti-ship missile family.

It is a fire-and-forget, subsonic cruise type missile designed for launch from ships and trucks. The missile can be used for anti-ship missions and land strikes.

The RBS15 Mk3 is available in three versions, including ship-launched, truck-launched, and air-launched.

The ship-launched variant can be installed on small and large-sized vessels, such as fast patrol boats, frigates, and corvettes.

" The operational test, which helped the missile to secure qualification, comprises the entire performance record,"

In addition, it can be easily integrated with the combat management system and can be operated as stand-alone or fully integrated architecture.

The European customers of this missile include Sweden, Germany, Poland, and Finland.

Earlier this year, Saab and the Polish Navy 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.

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.


Image: The RBS15 Mk3 is the latest variant of the RBS15 anti-ship missile family. Photo: courtesy of Diehl Stiftung & Co KG.

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