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RBS 70

The RBS 70 is one of Bofors most well-known and established air defence system ever. This air defence missile system is operational in 13 customer countries all over the world. In addition to the Army system, it is also operational in some countries in other services as Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The RBS 70 has been under constant improvement adapted to the most sophisticated future threat and using the latest solutions in missile technology.

The RBS 70 was initially developed for the Swedish Armed Forces requiring:

Bofors selected laser guidance solution in order to fulfil these essential requirements. RBS 70 was the first laser guided defence missile system in the world, which means we have a long experience in this technology. From the very first, the RBS 70 was developed as a complete missile system and also given a potential of integration with most wheeled and tracked vehicles. The RBS 70 is superior to competitive man-portable air defence missile systems. Because of its 7 km intercept range in the head-on sector range it really belongs to a class other than the VSHORAD.

In its basic configuration the RBS 70 comprises a tripod, sight and missile. In a complete system configuration several fire units can be connected to a surveillance radar enabling all C3I functions. A number of radar options with ready interface are available. And automatic threat evaluation is a part of the combat control at two separate levels.

If RBS 70 isnít interfaced with a surveillance radar it can operate autonomously. In the RBS 70 VLM (Vehicle Launched Missile) for wheeled and tracked applications, the RBS 70 can easily be dismounted and used independently. With a Clip-on Night Device, designated COND, the RBS 70 can operate 24 hours a day. A complete RBS 70 fire unit consisting of the weapon itself, COND and Battlefield Management Terminal (BMT) requires only batteries as power supply. No cooling gas is required.

The Missile Mk 2 operates with the most modern control method in missile guidance, the Linear Quadratic Method, based on the Kalman Theory. The missileís shaped charge is surrounded by more than 3 000 tungsten pellets. The jet of the shaped charge can penetrate any aerial threat. And if the target is carrying armour the penetration will be followed immediately by a severe behind the armour effect. In some intercept situations the combined effect of shaped charge and tungsten pellets will cause a devastating effect. The laser operated proximity fuze is, like the rest of the system, unjammable. The high system reliability with the latest missile is more than 0.93 verified by big customers as the Swedish and Norwegian Armed Forces.


Guidance method Laser beam riding missile
Effective range 7,000 m
Height coverage 4,000 m
Deployment time 30 sec
Reloading time incl. new firing Less than 7 sec
Propulsion Booster and sustainer with smokeless solid propellant
Fuze Laser proximity fuze with impact function. Disconnectable by operator.
Warhead Combined with prefragmentation and shaped charge (armour piercing)
Kill probability >90 % in the head-on sector.
Basic load on vehicle  
Detection range, km  
Reaction time, sec 4-5
Speed Mach 1.6
Radar(s) Ericsson PS-70R Giraffe G/H-band radar
Emplace/displace time (min) 1 min
Support vehicles 4 x 4 radar vehicle
Chassis Tripod firing stand


35 kg


25 kg

missile (in container)

26.5 kg
Night Sight (Clip-on Night Device) Easy mechanical clip-on with same system performance as during daytime. No alignment. Closed-loop cooling system. 8 -12 m m IR-wavelength.
IFF Can be connected. Interface with automatic queries included in design.
C3I Various C3I-concepts available.

For information efforts to control the proliferation of the RBS-70 and other MANPADS, see ASMP Issue Brief #1: MANPADS Proliferation

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Friday, April 14, 2000 3:18:25 PM