The Irish Army has successfully conducted the live firing of RBS 70 and RBS 70 NG man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) at the Bofors Test Center in Karlskoga, Sweden.
The purpose of the firings were to enhance their soldiers operational capability to engage both aerial and static targets.
During four days, officers, operators and technicians from the Artillery Corps and the Ordnance Corps of the Irish Army visited Saab Dynamics in order to enhance their air defence capability. Besides simulated training and technical support, the soldiers fired ten missiles against aerial and static surface targets.
Eight missiles were fired from the RBS 70 system against both target types and two missiles were fired from the latest generation, the RBS 70 NG, also at both target types.
“The firing was a huge success with great results from the operators engaging the targets, both with the RBS 70 and the RBS 70 NG. We have been working closely with the Irish Army in supporting their ambition to improve their air defence capability and we will continue doing so in the future. We are looking forward to more firings together with the customer”, says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.
RBS 70 (Robotsystem 70) is a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) designed for anti-aircraft warfare in all climate zones and with little to no support from other forces.
Originally designed and manufactured by the Swedish defence firm of Bofors Defence (now Saab Bofors Dynamics, since 2000). It uses the RB 70 missile which is also in use in a number of other Swedish missile systems.
RBS 70 NG, the upgraded version of the system, includes an improved sighting system capable of night vision and improved training and after-action review features.
The Saab portfolio of short-range ground based air defence missile systems comprises of the RBS 70 and the enhanced RBS 70 NG. Nineteen countries have procured more than 1,600 RBS 70 systems, including more than 18,000 missiles.