Lithuanian Armed Forces receive first batch of 4th generation RBS 70 air defense missile systems 11306151

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Lithuanian Armed Forces receive first batch of 4th generation RBS 70 air defense missile systems.
Lithuanian armed forces received the first batch of the 4th generation RBS70 MANPADS (MAn-Portable Air-Defense System) with night vision devices, upgraded by the Swedish arms manufacturer SAAB Dynamics, media reported Friday, citing Defense Ministry sources in Vilnius.
     
Lithuanian armed forces received the first batch of the 4th generation RBS70 MANPADS (MAn-Portable Air-Defense System) with night vision devices, upgraded by the Swedish arms manufacturer SAAB Dynamics, media reported Friday, citing Defense Ministry sources in Vilnius. The RBS 70 is a MANPADS (MAn-Portable Air-Defense System) designed and manufactured by the Swedish Company SAAB.
     
Members of the Lithuanian Air Force’s air defense battalion are trained to use the upgraded system and will showcase their skills during an upcoming international air defense exercise in the Czech Republic.

"The RBS70 modernized missile system enables the battalion to destroy targets at night and at an increased range, and considerably strengthens the battalion’s combat power,” Major Maya Šimaitis, the battalion’s chief of staff, said.

The RBS 70 is a man-portable air-defense missile system (MANPADS) designed for air defense warfare in all climate zones and with little to no support from other forces. The RBS 70 is designed and manufactured by the Swedish defence Company SAAB.

The missile of RBS 70 is primarily use for air defence with a maximum intercept altitude at over 5,000m, but it can also be deployed against surface targets. It has a range of 250m to 8,000m.

The latest generation of missile for the RBS 70 launcher unit is the Bolide which is a development of the RBS 70 Mk2. The Bolide missile design incorporates a number of new systems including a fiber-optic gyroscope, an adaptable proximity fuse which provides all-target capability and a high kill probability against small and dark targets, new sustainer rocket motor with an improved performance propellant and new electronics.

 

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