German Navy orders Saab’s RBS-15 Mk3 missiles for K130 class corvettes

German Navy
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Saab has received an order from its German partner Diehl Defence for the RBS15 anti-ship missile for provision to the German Navy, Saab announced. The order value is approximately $193 million with deliveries between 2022 and 2026.

This order is part of a framework agreement between Saab and Diehl Defence, which offers the possibility for additional procurement in the future, where Saab’s share is up to approximately $179 million BSEK. The agreement allows orders to be placed until the end of 2024.

The RBS15 missiles and launcher systems provided in this order will be placed on the German Navy’s Braunschweig Class Corvettes. In addition to the missile systems, the order also includes associated equipment and services. The German Navy has been a user of RBS15 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.

RBS-15 anti-ship missile:

RBS15 provides naval operators with a long-range all-weather anti-ship and sea denial capability and is designed to overcome the challenges of the modern naval battlespace. Built for deployment on multiple platforms, the RBS15 missile system currently serves with the armed forces of several nations around the world. The RBS15 anti-ship missile solution is jointly produced by Saab and Diehl Defence.

  • Length: 4.35 m
  • Fuselage diameter: 0.50 m
  • Wingspan: 1.40 m
  • Weight (in flight): 660 kg
  • Weight (with boosters): 820 kg
  • Seeker: Active radar
  • Speed: 0.9 Mach (subsonic)
  • Range: >200 km
  • Warhead: ~200 kg
  • Trajectory: Multiple 3D waypoints
  • Navigation: INS and GPS
  • Service life: 30 years
Comparison of RBS15 variants

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