Saab has revealed its finalized Mobile Short Range Air Defense System (MSHORAD) that can meet evolving and proliferating air threats over the battlefield, including fighters, helicopters, missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
MSHORAD combines the capabilities of a vehicle-mounted RBS 70 NG missile system and the Giraffe 1X multi-mission 3D air defense radar with Drone Tracker. The overall system includes a vehicle-based mobile firing unit, a mobile radar unit, and a Saab C2 system, to deliver a 360°, 75 km situational awareness and the capability to target challenging UAV threats.
The ability to destroy attackers comes from the unjammable RBS 70 NG missile system that operates at day and night, with rapid reloading in the field. MSHORAD’s ease of integration means customers can choose from a wide range of vehicle types. It also has a dismounted capability such as from atop buildings where it can provide an additional form of operational advantage.
“With the evolved threats, such as the expansion of military UAVs, it’s a great milestone to have a fully working system ready to be offered to our customers,” said Mats-Olof Rydberg, head of Marketing and Sales at Saab’s business unit Missile Systems. “The combination of our first-class range and altitude coverage of the Mobile Firing Unit, together with the small size and multi-role capabilities of Giraffe 1X makes our MSHORAD solution the most modern and state-of-the-art solution out there.”
Successful system integration and test firings have already been conducted in the last 12 months in cooperation with the Czech company SVOS using its new generation of modular armored 4×4 vehicle, MARS. Live firing demonstrations will be performed for potential customers in the near future.