The official roll-out of the RBS15 Mk3 Surface-to-Surface Missile for the German Navy took place at a ceremony of the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement. High-ranking representatives of the Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Office of Technology and Procurement, the German Navy as well as the industrial partners Diehl Defence and Saab Dynamics participated in the event at the naval base Kiel on September 22, 2011.
Diehl delivers the RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missile as the main weapon system of the German Navy´s new K130 corvette. A special feature of this German-Swedish Missile is its additional capability enabling precise engagement of land targets. The launch customers include the German Navy as well as Poland which is equipping its ORKAN class speedboats with RBS15 Mk3 missiles. The delivery of the first missiles began in March 2011.
Image: Representatives from the end-user inspects the RBS15 Mk3 missiles in their canisters on-board the German Navy´s new K130 corvette. Photo: Diehl
The long-range, all-weather capable “Fire-and-Forget” missile tracks its target directly above the water surface over distances of more than 200 km. By means of programmed way points, the missile´s trajectory and flight altitude can be altered several times. RBS15 Mk3 is extremely resistant to countermeasures, providing high penetration capability against air defences with guided and tube weapons. The RBS15 Mk3 version is an upgrade of Saab’s RBS15 Mk2 proven in the Swedish Navy and additional naval forces.
Diehl and Saab have been cooperating in production and marketing of the RBS15 Mk3 program since 2000.
Image: Admiral Georg von Maltzan (left) is handed a missile model of RBS 15 Mk3 from Jürgen Simon, First Director of the German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement in the presence of Dan Sundqvist, Vice President, Programmes, Saab AB (second from right) and Claus Günther, President Diehl Defence. Photo: Diehl