Sweden procures BvS10 armored vehicles equipped with MSHORAD

Exciting news from Saab: the company has secured an order for its Mobile Short-Range Air Defense [MSHORAD] system from the Swedish Military Equipment Administration [FMV]. The deal, estimated to be around SEK 300 million, is scheduled to take place between 2024 and 2026. The significant order was confirmed in the final quarter of 2023. 

Sweden procures BvS10 armored vehicles equipped with MSHORAD
Photo credit: SAAB

But what does this mean for you? Well, FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces are set to employ their newly acquired solution in two distinct configurations, both connected to the formidable BvS10 armored vehicle. This strategic move will significantly shape Sweden’s future mobile air defense commitments. 

Commenting on the development, Jørgen Johansson, Head of Saab’s Dynamics business area, remarks, “We take immense pride in the fact that our Swedish customers have selected Saab’s mobile short-range air defense solution to meet their needs. This sophisticated solution is an excellent demonstration of mobility at its finest, delivering paramount protection for troops involved in combat.”

About MSHORAD by SAAB

SAAB’s Mobile Short-Range Air Defense [MSHORAD] is a synergy of the Giraffe 1X radar, the C2 command and control communication platform, and the RBS 70 NG Remote Weapon Station [RWS]. It’s designed to quickly locate and counteract air threats, eradicating both surprises and urgency when time is critical. 

Think of MSHORAD by SAAB as a dynamic shield. It moves with the troops, ready to detect and neutralize air threats efficiently and without fuss. 

Sweden procures BvS10 armored vehicles equipped with MSHORAD
Photo credit: SAAB

This vigilant system travels with the contingent, continuously providing protection and defense in a fluid battlefield. Take, for example, an operational setup where a vehicle equipped with the Giraffe 1X repositions to a safe distance from the troops. Using the command and control system [C2], it generates a local aerial picture, evaluates the incoming threat, and initiates automated engagement support. On receiving the data, the RBS 70 NG’s missiles spring into action within a mere five seconds. The MSHORAD also offers visual 3D cueing. 

SAAB’s MSHORAD is compact, lightweight, and easily portable, making it effortless to attach to any vehicle platform, and ensuring highly adaptable deployment. Its modular design allows for impressive flexibility, and it can be easily integrated with existing equipment.

Latvia also bought

It’s well worth noting that SAAB’s MSHORAD isn’t just attracting interest from the Swedish Ministry of Defense. As recently as December 14, 2022, Latvia decided to include this top-notch system in its own arsenal.  

Sweden procures BvS10 armored vehicles equipped with MSHORAD
Photo credit: SAAB

The experts at SAAB have swiftly confirmed that their wide-ranging expertise in ground-based air defense helps them deliver a fully inclusive solution in this area.  

As Mats-Olof Rydberg, the head of Marketing and Sales at Saab’s Missile Systems business unit aptly put it, “This order signifies that the Latvian National Armed Forces will get access to the best-in-class Giraffe 1X radar and the globally acclaimed, most efficient short-range air defense system, the RBS 70 NG.”

First tests

On August 30, in the municipality of Karlskoga, Sweden, SAAB executed a testing procedure for SHORAD. This event saw the presence of potential clients from an impressive 15 countries. During this testing, a total of five successful firings were conducted from the Mobile Firing Unit of RBS 70 NG, which was mounted on the MARS-S330 vehicle, targeting a variety of drones and helicopter airframes. 

In one intriguing twist during the firing scenarios, the sight mounted on the vehicle was dismounted and later transformed into a man-portable firing unit. There was also a night-time shooting carried out against a moving target. 

According to Stefan Öberg, the head of Saab’s business unit Missile Systems, “These successful firings are proof that we have a fully functional mobile air defense solution. This event highlights the importance of having a single supplier providing everything from radar to the firing unit, along with a GBAD C2 solution. The integration of our Giraffe 1X radar with the RBS 70 NG Mobile Firing Unit has resulted in an exceptional solution that stands out in its class for altitude coverage, range, and detection capabilities.”

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