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Encyclopedia > RBS 70
A winter firing of the RBS 70 during an exercise in Boden, Sweden in March 2001.
A winter firing of the RBS 70 during an exercise in Boden, Sweden in March 2001.

RBS 70 (Robotsystem 70) is a Swedish MANPADS system designed for combat in all climate zones and with little to no support from other forces. It uses the RB 70 missile which is also in use in a number of other Swedish missile systems. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Boden is a Municipality in Norrbotten County, in northern Sweden. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... An SA-7 in use Russian Manportable SAM System SA-18/GROUSE MANPADS (Human-Portable Air-Defence System) are shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles. ... A missile (CE pronunciation: ; AmE: ) is, in general, a projectile—that is, something thrown or otherwise propelled. ...


History

RBS 70 was developed to supply the Swedish air-defense with a cheap, easy-to-use and effective shortrange SAM system. Before RBS 70 the mainstay of Swedish airdefense had been American HAWK systems, American Redeyes (RBS 69) and the Swedish Bofors m/48 AAA. The main reason for choosing to base air-defense around a short-range, low-cost system was that at the time the doctrine of the Swedish Army was to fight a war where mobility and low maintenance was of great importance. The term hawk refers to birds of prey in any of three senses: Strictly, to mean any of the species in the genera Accipiter, Micronisus, Melierax, Urotriorchis, and Megatriorchis. ... The FIM-43 Redeye was a man-portable surface-to-air missile system. ... Bofors 40mm/L60. ... American troops man an anti-aircraft gun near the Algerian coastline in 1943 Anti-aircraft, or air defense, is any method of combating military aircraft from the ground. ...


Current status

RBS 70 is a short-range man-portable (MANPADS), laser-guided missile system. The operator (skytt) receives instructions on the position of the target from a local SLT (combat-control terminal) which is about the size of a laptop. The SLT in turn receives information through an encoded radio-broadcast made by either a radar station (PS 90, PS 70) or some other information gathering source. When the target has been acquired by the operator he turns off the safety which switches on the main laser and sends out an IFF signal, which if positive makes firing impossible. If the operator is confident that he has a good track he fires. The missile then flies in the beam of the laser from the sight, adjusting its position constantly to stay within the beam. This puts a lot of pressure on the operator who needs to have a very steady aim. If the missile is guided to within 30 meters of the target a kill is 95 % assured. RB 70 has been constantly updated and improved, the first versions (Mk 0) had a short range and limited kill capabilities but this was much improved in later versions. Mk 1 and Mk 2 followed shortly and are the standard RB 70 with a range of 5000-6000m and a height ceiling of 3000 m. RBS 70 is a product of Bofors and is operational in 13 customer countries, on all continents and in arctic, desert as well as tropical environments.


Sources

Saab Bofors Dynamics' RBS 70


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RBS 70 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (420 words)
A winter firing of the RBS 70 during an exercise in Boden, Sweden in March 2001.
It uses the RB 70 missile which is also in use in a number of other Swedish missile systems.
RB 70 has been constantly updated and improved, the first versions (Mk 0) had a short range and limited kill capabilities but this was much improved in later versions.
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