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Saab unveils finalized mobile SHORAD platform

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Swedish defense company Saab has unveiled its finalized Mobile Short Range Air Defence System (MSHORAD) designed to counter evolving and proliferating air threats over the battlefield.

The system combines the RBS 70 NG air defense system and the Giraffe 1X multi-mission 3D radar, representing the MSHORAD’s vehicle-based mobile firing unit (MFU) and mobile radar unit (MRU). They are combined with a Saab command and control (C2) system.

Saab says it has already completed system integration and test firings over the last 12 months in cooperation with the Czech company SVOS using their new generation of modular armored vehicle 4×4 named MARS. Live firing demonstrations will be performed for potential customers in the near future.

According to Saab, the MSHORAD delivers a 360 degree, 75 km situational awareness and the capability to target UAV threats thanks to Giraffe’s Drone Tracker, an enhanced functionality for low, slow and small objects.

The ability to destroy attackers comes from the RBS 70 NG missile system, which has been described as unjammable by the company. The missile system operates at day and night, with rapid reloading in the field.

“With the evolved threats, such as the expansion of military UAVs, it’s a great milestone to have a fully working system ready to be offered to our customers. The combination of our first-class range and altitude coverage of the Mobile Firing Unit, together with the small size and multi-role capabilities of Giraffe 1X makes our MSHORAD solution the most modern and state-of-the-art solution out there,” says Mats-Olof Rydberg, head of marketing and sales at Saab’s business unit Missile Systems.