Tuesday, April 20, 2021

SAAB, The Makers of Gripen Jets To Equip German Navy With Anti-Ship Missiles

The Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab AB has received an order from its German partner Diehl Defense for the RBS-15 anti-ship missiles used by the German Navy.

According to the company’s press release, the order is valued at approximately 1.7 BSEK and is part of a framework agreement among Saab and Diehl Defense, which offers the opportunities for extra acquisition later on, where Saab’s share is up to roughly 1.5 BSEK.

Under the new agreement, the delivery of the missiles would commence from 2022 and completed by 2026. The missiles will arm the German Navy’s Braunschweig Class Corvettes which are the country’s newest class of such vessels. The German Navy has been a user of the RBS-15 since 2011.

“We are proud to continue to support the German Navy with additional RBS15 systems. This framework agreement is an important milestone in our long-standing cooperation with Diehl Defence and our relation with Germany. We look forward to continue building our partnership and supporting the German Navy’s capability with our state-of-the-art anti-ship missile systems”, says Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab.

“The new contract award is a sign of confidence from the German Navy and government authorities toward Diehl Defence and its strategic cooperation with Saab in the field of modern weapon systems destined for the Navy”, added Helmut Rauch, CEO and President of the Corporate Division Board of Diehl Defence.

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The RBS-15 is a long-range fire-and-forget multi-use surface-to-surface, and air-to-surface anti-ship missile made by Saab Bofors Dynamics, a subsidiary of the Saab Group and the German company Diehl BGT Defense.

The missile has been exported to and is in service with a number of countries including Algeria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Sweden, and Thailand. The missile has a range of 250-300+ kilometers depending on the variant and carries a 200kg high explosive pre-fragmented warhead which is detonated in proximity or on impact.

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