Teaming up for air defence [INDODEF16-D1]

01 November 2016

Saab and PT Pindad (Hall D, Stands 095 and 043 respectively) are offering a new GBAD (ground-based air defence) system based on the Giraffe 1X radar and RBS 70 NG missile system to answer an Indonesian requirement, and to develop domestic industrial capability and expertise. Elements of the system, including a trainer/simulator, radar and multi-launcher, are on display on PT Pindad’s internal and external displays.

“The GBAD system with RBS 70 NG and Giraffe 1X is the next logical step for the Indonesian armed forces, which have deployed the earlier generations and understand the capabilities of the system well,” said Peter Carlqvist, head of Saab Indonesia. “With the focus on building local capability in partnership with PT Pindad, the GBAD system can keep Indonesia’s airspace secure for the next 30 or 40 years.”

Saab and PT Pindad’s proposal for a new system builds on a teaming arrangement under which the companies are working together to upgrade Indonesia’s existing VSHORAD (very short-range air defence) capability, which uses earlier versions of both RBS 70 and Giraffe.

Indonesia acquired the original RBS 70 system and Giraffe 40 radar in the 1980s, and to answer short-term requirements they are being upgraded. Under the teaming arrangement, technology is being transferred to allow PT Pindad to undertake the work, which involves the replacement of five or six components in the RBS 70 Mk 2 missile, plus more than 100 check points in the update programme as a whole.

While this work has allowed the establishment of collaboration and the creation of industrial proficiency in Indonesia, the team is looking to future GBAD requirements in the country and wider region. The proposal includes the Giraffe 1X radar, a compact AESA (active electronically scanned antenna) radar with 360º coverage, as well as incorporating a C-RAM (counter rockets, artillery and mortars) capability. It can be deployed in fixed and mobile installations, typically mounted on a tactical vehicle.

At the heart of the proposal is the RBS 70 NG missile system, which employs an advanced thermal imaging sight to provide a true 24/7 capability. Its guidance system uses unjammable laser technology, and the operator remains in the loop throughout the engagement, allowing the use of manual controls to change aim-point or even to switch targets in flight.

With an 8km (5 mile) range and altitude coverage up to 5,000m, the RBS 70 NG can operate in all environments, including urban, and across a range of climate extremes. It can employ existing versions of the RBS 70 missile, including the Bolide missile that provides a fourth-generation all-target capability. The Bolide can engage targets such as small UAVs and cruise missiles, as well as more traditional air threats, including those manoeuvring aggressively. The missile has a shaped-charge, pre-fragmented warhead that can defeat armoured targets such as attack helicopters and close air support aircraft. It can also be employed against ground targets such as armoured vehicles.

RBS 70 NG has been designed as a modular system that allows it to be employed in several configurations. They include man-portable and ship or vehicle-mounted configurations, and a remotely-operated configuration that can provide fixed-site defence for strategic assets.

A complete GBAD solution employs an optimised command and control system, using accurate visual 2D and 3D cueing for the operator to achieve very short reaction times.

The system includes a high degree of automated functions, such as target detection and auto-tracker, to reduce operator workload and reaction time.

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