Saab is developing the RBS15 Mk4, the next generation, air-launched variant of RBS15 anti-ship missile for Gripen. Dubbed as RBS15 Gungnir, the developmental missile system was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show 2018 recently.
The RBS15 Gungnir will also be integrated into Swedish Navy’s Visby-class corvettes, but Gripen E is the priority.
“Everything is driven by the Gripen program,” said Michael Höglund, Vice President and Head of Marketing and Sales for missiles systems at Saab Dynamics.
Currently, Sweden is operating RBS15F, a 1980s version of this weapon which will soon become obsolete owing to a discontinuation of its maintenance support. Hence the development of RBS15 Gungnir is a priority for Saab.
The name Gungnir is from Scandinavian mythology and refers to the Norse god Odin’s spear which never missed its target. With the new configurations, this version of RBS15 will have an extended range and anti-jam capabilities. Not just that, it will be able to travel just above sea level and therefore avoid detection.
“RBS15 Gungnir is offered in both air-launched and surface-launched configurations that offer greatly improved capabilities, compared to other missile systems on the market. With an improved range to more than 300 km and highly advanced target seeker, it gives the capability to engage any target, in all conditions,” says Görgen Johansson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Business Area Dynamics.
Saab was contracted by FMV in 2017 to deliver RBS15 Gungnir. Saab aims to deliver the missile by 2021 for fitting trials with the Swedish air Force Gripen E. The first live firing is expected to be conducted by 2022.
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