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Saab gets order for man-portable air defense missile system

An unidentified country has ordered Saab's RBS 70 NG surface-to-air missile system.

By Richard Tomkins
Saab gets order for man-portable air defense missile system
Soldiers using Saab's very short range air defense system. Photo courtesy Saab

LINKOPING, Sweden, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Swedish defense and security company Saab is to deliver a very short range air defense system to an unidentified country.

The system is the RBS 70 NG, the latest variant of the company's air defense missile system.

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The RBS 70 NG is a man-portable surface-to-air weapon with a range of nearly five miles and an altitude ceiling of about 1,640 feet. It features a new-generation sight module with integrated high-resolution thermal imager for all-target capability. It also features advanced cueing for enhanced reaction times and target acquisition.

The order is worth about $44 million. Deliveries will take place between in 2018 and 2020, the company said.

"We are very proud of the confidence our customers place in the RBS 70 NG system and are satisfied to have been able to secure this order for the system," said Gorgen Johansson, Saab's senior vice president and Head of the Dynamics business area.

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