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Sweden places order for mobile short-range air defense system

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Swedish defense contractor Saab secured a contract from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for its Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD) solution.

The contract, valued at approximately SEK 300 million (USD 28.7 million), covers the period from 2024 to 2026. Saab secured the order in the fourth quarter of 2023.

FMV and the Swedish Armed Forces will deploy the acquired solution in two configurations, both integrated onto the BvS10 armored vehicle, in order to refine Sweden’s upcoming mobile air defense specifications.

“We are proud that our Swedish customer has chosen to use Saab’s mobile short-range air defense solution for this purpose. Our advanced solution is truly mobile, providing crucial protection for forces on the battlefield,” said Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics. 

Saab’s MSHORAD is a vehicle-integrated solution that can identify, counter and neutralize air threats, including UAVs and armored helicopters. The system consists of a mobile radar unit, based on the Giraffe 1X radar, and a mobile firing unit, based on RBS 70 NG, all connected with Saab’s ground-based air defense command and control solution, GBAD C2.

“Robot 70 is a well-proven air defense system in the Swedish Armed Forces. The purpose of the acquisition is to investigate the possibilities of increasing the system’s mobility and thereby improving protection against air threats by integrating robot 70 and sensor units on a tracked vehicle,” said Christer Mellgren, FMV project manager.

MSHORAD deliveries will take place continuously starting at the beginning of 2025.