Saab strengthens Sweden’s mobile air defense with MSHORAD solution

In a strategic move to enhance its national security, Sweden has chosen Saabof the solution (MSHORAD), which demonstrates a proactive approach to protecting against air threats.

The Skr300m ($28.5m) contract, which spans 2024-2026, shows the country’s commitment to improving technology for flexible defense capabilities. The contract was secured in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The MSHORAD system, a mobile air defense solution, will be integrated into the BvS10 armored vehicle, meeting Sweden’s evolving mobile air defense needs. The Swedish Armed Forces, in collaboration with FMV, will deploy two configurations of the MSHORAD system, offering shielding against a range of airborne threats on the battlefield.

Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s Dynamics business area, expressed pride in the Swedish decision, stating: “We are proud that our Swedish customer has chosen to use Saab’s mobile short-range air defense solution for this purpose. Our advanced solution is truly mobile, providing critical protection for forces on the battlefield.”

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Revealed in March 2022, Saab’s MSHORAD system is designed to detect, engage and neutralize various air threats, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and armored helicopters. The system includes a mobile radar unit based on the Giraffe 1X radar and a mobile firing unit based on the RBS 70 NG. Both units are linked through Saab’s ground-based air defense command and control solution, GBAD C2.

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In September 2022, Saab achieved a milestone with the first live-fire test of the MSHORAD system, which was attended by representatives from 15 countries. Through five firings, the tests demonstrated MSHORAD’s ability to identify, track and engage multiple targets, including a drone and an elevated helicopter chassis.

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