Naval Weapons

Saab reveals plans for next-generation RBS-15 anti-ship missile

10 April 2017

Saab revealed an ambitious re-design of its current Robotsystem 15 (RBS-15) Mk3 anti-ship missile on 5 April at the Latin American Aerospace and Defence exposition.

The missile, originally designed as a ship-launched weapon, was subsequently adapted for use aboard Saab's JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft.

Like the missile's most recent Mk3 version, the next-generation design will be a joint project between Saab and Diehl Defence. The Swedish government last month ordered this design. It is to be fired from Visby-class corvette naval ships and the Gripen E single-seat fighter.

Seven countries are already RBS-15 customers, including Thailand, the one Gripen customer besides Sweden that has a pronounced need for maritime and anti-ship mission-capable aircraft.

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