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CONTINUED HIGH DEMAND FOR SAAB'S RBS 70 NG VSHORAD SYSTEM
Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Source: Saab


Source: Saab


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STOCKHOLM -- Saab's newest VSHORAD system, the RBS 70 NG has had a strong order income in the past year. With two new customers in 2018 and great interest shown from potential customers, the future for the system seems more promising than ever.

Last year RBS 70 NG secured two new customers, Brazil and the Czech Republic. Both Brazil and the Czech Republic are users of the predecessor system, RBS 70. RBS 70 had a big role in Brazil 2016 as it was a part of the protection of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The system was also used recently to protect the airspace during the opening ceremony for Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro.

In the Czech Republic there has been a close cooperation on RBS 70 NG between the armed the Czech Army and the local industry. The outcome was an integrated system, specifically adapted for the Czech’s need.

"The RBS 70 has a great record and we are now seeing that being reflected in Saab's latest VSHORAD solution. We are seeing very significant interest in RBS 70 NG from potential customers with high demands, who wants to invest in a future-proof air defence system," says Gorgen Johansson, head of Saab business area Dynamics.

The RBS 70 NG builds on its predecessor, the world-known RBS 70 with 1,600 systems and 18,000 missiles delivered to 19 nations. The laser guidance that makes the system unjammable is still present, but the RBS 70 NG offers significant improvements such as an automatic target tracker and an integrated sighting system which enables night and day capability.

Source:  Saab
Associated URL: https://saab.com/region/india/about-saab/news-and-press-releases/news-and-press-releases/continued-high-demand-for-saabs-rbs-70-ng-vshorad-system/
Source Date: February 14, 2019
Posted: 02/15/2019

 
 
JOINT STRIKE MISSILE PRODUCTION NEARS
Thursday, February 14, 2019
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First JSM on an F-35 JSF

Source: Lockheed Martin


First JSM on an F-35 JSF

Source: Lockheed Martin


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Since the 1990s, demand for precision-guided munitions has grown with usage rates reaching 100 percent during certain combat operations. This market will generate over $17 billion in revenues through 2028. Kongsberg Gruppen aims to use its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) to secure a share of the long-range strike missile market.

The Norwegian government wants to bolster its defense sector and is eager to see new export contracts arrive. This effort could benefit from Russia's aggression against Ukraine, which is driving European defense spending higher, as are the international operations in Syria and Iraq, which feature the heavy use of PGMs

The Joint Strike Missile will arm the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Norway sees the integration with the JSF boosting the marketability of the JSM. Lockheed Martin will build over 1,500 JSFs during the next decade, and the number will climb as time passes. At present, Lockheed Martin has won orders from clients in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Additional countries will be added to the JSF customer list in the future. Even if only a small number of JSF customers select the JSM, it will be very good news for Kongsberg.

Australia is mentioning an interest in this missile, and so is Japan. Tokyo wants to acquire new long-range strike missiles. These missiles will allow Japanese combat aircraft to hit targets deep inside North Korean territory without having to penetrate its airspace (or limiting this penetration). Tokyo has a number of foreign options but could also develop a system on its own.

The Joint Strike Missile could enter production before the end of 2019. Norway will be the first customer to field this missile. The Royal Norwegian Air Force plans to reach an initial operating capability for the JSM in 2023. Kongsberg is confident it will win an "unspecified number" of JSM export orders over the life of the program. The integration of the JSM with other combat aircraft would help to increase the missile's marketability.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: February 14, 2019
Author: Larry Dickerson, Missile Analyst 
Posted: 02/14/2019

 
 
TURKISH GOVERNMENT MOVING AHEAD WITH S-400 DEAL
Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Source: Russian MoD


Source: Russian MoD


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ANKARA -- Turkey will proceed with its plans to acquire Russia's S-400 air defense system. The U.S. did make an alternative offer based around the Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM).

The U.S. and its NATO allies say the S-400 will not be integrated into the NATO air defense system. Turkey could still acquire the Patriot, according to local officials. Such a purchase will not stop the S-400 deal.

Washington is expecting a final answer from Turkey concerning the purchase of Patriot in the near future.

Source:  Middle East Online
Associated URL: https://middle-east-online.com/en/ankara-going-ahead-russian-missile-purchase%C2%A0
Source Date: February 14, 2019
Posted: 02/14/2019

 

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