LINKOPING, Sweden, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Latvia's Ministry of Defense has ordered additional RBS 70 short-range, ground-based air defense missiles from Saab of Sweden.
The number of missile systems ordered through an option of a 2015 contract was not disclosed but Saab said the missiles would be delivered this year and next.
"We are pleased to see the RBS 70 system as a key capability that contributes to strengthening the defense and security of the Latvian nation," said Anna Fröjd, head of Saab's Nordic and Baltic area business unit. "The RBS 70 is a modern air defense missile system with flexible design and several upgrade possibilities that meet Latvia's evolving needs.
The RBS 70 is a man-portable system for anti-aircraft warfare. The missile -- its newest variant is the NG -- stand and sight weigh about 192 pounds.
Range of the missile: about 4.9 miles.