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Brazil looks ahead to first RBS 70 NG delivery

22 January 2019

The Brazilian Army is scheduled to receive its first RBS 70 NG very-short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system on 30 June 2021, it told Jane's on 21 January.

A contract worth USD5.3 million was placed with Saab on 27 December 2018 by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington on behalf of the service's Logistics Command. Saab disclosed the order on 14 January.A live firing demonstration of an RBS 70 NG system. The Brazilian Army has said it will receive its first such systems in June 2021. (Saab)A live firing demonstration of an RBS 70 NG system. The Brazilian Army has said it will receive its first such systems in June 2021. (Saab)

The initial order covers one firing unit, 12 batteries, 10 battery chargers, three simulators, and shipment costs. Six camouflage nets for the existing RBS 70 firing posts are also part of the contract. No missiles are included, the army said.

This is Brazil's first order for the RBS 70 NG version. It has previously purchased RBS 70 firing posts and Mk II missiles, as well as associated equipment and services.

The RBS 70 NG features a missile launch container, a tripod, an external power supply, a commander's target data receiver, and an integrated sighting system that includes a thermal imager, built-in automatic target tracker, digital IFF interrogator, and visual cueing aids.

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