RBS 70 NG VSHORAD System: Guidance on the Battlefield

The RBS 70 NG is a highly flexible and long term solution to evolving Ground-Based Air Defence requirements for any country. Based on the proven RBS 70 Very Short Range Air Defence Missile (VSHORAD) System, it is a missile system with 24/7 all-target capability, developed for any combat situation.

The New Generation (NG) has an integrated sight, enhanced gunner aids, high precision, unbeatable range and unjammable laser guidance that combine to produce a ground-based air defence system with world-leading capabilities.

Saab has offered the RBS 70 NG with the HARD radar as the perfect solution for the Indian Armed Forces’ VSHORAD programme. In 2016 Saab announced plans for a Joint Venture company together with the Indian company Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. The JV will handle production needs for subsystems and systems for VSHORAD and SRSAM, with the aim to transfer production as well as development knowledge to India.

A Defence System to Beat the Rest

The RBS 70 NG System’s automatic tracking capabilities and ability to detect multiple targets, both during day and night, meet and exceed the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces for a VSHORAD system. 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 has an effective intercept range of 8 km, with altitude coverage in excess of 5,000 m, making it a best-in-class VSHORAD missile system. Flexibility of design allows RBS 70 NG to be used for several tasks during the same mission. 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. It can also be remotely controlled from a high mobility vehicle or ship.

Unaffected by Countermeasures

Most missiles in the VSHORAD category, with a few exceptions, use an Infrared Homing guidance system which has several disadvantages. Such missiles can be defeated by counter-measures such as flares, and can encounter difficulty locking 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 unaffected by counter-measures, heat sources and clutter.

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 due to its guidance principle. A target can therefore outmanoeuvre a homing missile but never the RBS 70 NG missile,” says Jan Widerström, Country Head and Chairman, Saab India Technologies Pvt Ltd.