Saab RBS 70 NG VSHORAD: The Battlefield Edge

Saab’s accurate, reliable and flexible RBS 70 NG, is an air defence missile system with 24/7 all-target capability, available for any combat situation. Based on the proven RBS 70 very short range air defence (VSHORAD) missile system, the new generation (NG) has an integrated sight, enhanced gunner aids, even higher precision, unbeatable range and unjammable laser guidance that combine to produce a ground-based air defence system with world-beating capabilities.

The RBS 70 NG System’s automatic tracking capabilities and ability to detect multiple targets, both day and night, meet and exceed the requirements of the customers of today when it comes to a VSHORAD system. Saab’s modern and all new RBS 70 NG firing unit developed for any combat situation is a versatile battlefield game changer that will provide a critical edge in the spectrum of GBAD.

With the latest generation of missile – the BOLIDE – the RBS 70 NG encompasses the complete air threat spectrum, from fixed and rotary wing aircraft to small targets such as cruise missiles and UAVs. With its shaped charge, armoured targets like helicopters and APCs can also be defeated.

The RBS 70 NG is compatible with Saab’s surface radar family and command and control systems, and can be easily incorporated into a larger GBAD network. Saab is constantly working on further evolutions of the RBS 70 NG system, to dominate future air threats while always being affordable to acquire and operate.

Flexible design gives freedom of action

Flexibility of design allows RBS 70 NG to be used for several tasks during the same mission. The man portable firing unit enables timely deployment from a chosen location or vehicle platform ensuring comprehensive air defence cover by strategic assets or manoeuvring troops. In addition the modular RBS 70 NG sighting system can be remotely controlled from a high mobility vehicle or ship integrated applications. Long-term static defence of strategic assets can also be achieved through a standalone remotely controlled configuration.


Unaffected by countermeasures

Most missiles in the VSHORAD category use an infra-red (IR) homing system that has several disadvantages. These missiles can be defeated by countermeasures, like flares. They can also fail to lock-on to targets that are distorted by external heat sources such as the sun, or burning items on the battlefield.

The RBS 70 NG is totally unaffected by countermeasures such as flares, other heat sources and clutter. The RBS 70 NG’s laser command line of site (CLOS) guidance cannot be jammed, decoyed or distracted. It provides accurate, unerring guidance over a short, high-speed, engagement cycle. This is because the operator is always in the loop, i.e. the operator is always in control of the missile and can change aim-point, support the auto-tracker or even change target after a missile is launched. 

CLOS the modern way of thinking compared to homing guidance

Targets of today often have missile warning systems and countermeasures. As soon as a target gets a warning that it is engaged by an AD missile it will start to manoeuver, use flares or other countermeasures. A fighter aircraft will manoeuver as much as possible, when engaged by an AD missile. A modern jet aircraft can manoeuver as much as 9-10g.

The RBS 70 NG missile is able to counter highly manoeuvrable jinking targets. This is a clear advantage compared to homing missiles which can make one or two heavy manoeuvres before losing its performance. The homing missile has to manoeuver 3-4 times as much as the target at late stage of the trajectory while a CLOS missile never manoeuvers more than the target does thanks to its guidance principle. A target can outmanoeuvre an IR-homing missile but never an RBS 70 NG missile.

A Defence System to Beat the Rest

The RBS 70 NG has an effective intercept range of more than 8 km, with altitude coverage in excess of 5,000 m, making it a best-in-class VSHORAD missile system. It is capable of operating on complex combat fields such as urban environments and is well equipped for all climates, including tropical, desert and arctic conditions.

With more than 1,600 RBS 70 launch & guidance units and more than 17,000 missiles sold, the
RBS 70 is sold to more than 20 nations worldwide. The user’s experience with RBS 70 is that it is “easy to use, quick to reload and fast to deploy”.

For The Battlefield of Tomorrow

Although battlefield requirements constantly evolve, close cooperation with potential and existing RBS 70 customers combined with Saab’s technical expertise and innovation will ensure that the RBS 70 NG VSHORAD System will always stay ahead of the threats of tomorrow.