New missile for German ships

Sept. 27, 2011 at 6:57 AM

LINKOPING, Sweden, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Sweden's Saab Dynamics and Diehl Defense of Germany officially rolled out the RBS15 Mk3 heavy anti-ship missile for the German navy.

The roll-out ceremony took place last week at a navy base in Kiel, Germany.

The RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missile is the main weapons system of the German navy´s new K130 corvette. A special feature of the German-Swedish missile is its capability for precise engagement of land targets.

Customers of the new missile include the German navy and Poland, which is equipping its ORKAN class speedboats with RBS15 Mk3.

The long-range, all-weather capable "Fire-and-Forget" missile tracks its target directly above the water surface over long distances. By means of programmed way points, missile trajectory and flight altitude can be altered several times.

RBS15 Mk3 is extremely resistant to countermeasures, providing high-penetration capability against air defenses with guided and tube weapons.

The RBS15 Mk3 version is an upgrade of Saab's RBS15 Mk2.

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