Swedish Army RBS-70 surface to air missile

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:

  • Long intercept range in the head-on sector

  • High accuracy and kill probability

  • Immune to all known hostile and natural jamming

  • Down to the ground capability

  • Command to Line of Sight

  • Growth potential to night capability

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 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.

RBS-70 Specifications
Type Man portable air defence missile
Manufacturer SAAB Bofors
Weight 26.5kg
Warhead 1.1kg blast fragmentation with a laser proximity and contact fuse
Length 1.3m
Diameter 10.5cm
Performance Speed Mach 1.6, range 7km