The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (Ministerstvo na otbranata) has awarded Diehl Defence the contract for the principle armament of the Bulgarian Navy (Voennomorski sili na Republika Balgariya) MMPV (Multi Mission Patrol Vessel) with the RBS15 anti-ship missile. This makes the Bulgarian Navy already the eighth consumer of this missile. The MMPVs are being inbuilt Bulgaria by MTG Dolphin JSC as a subcontractor to NVL Group. Bulgaria signed in November a contract with German shipyard Luerssen to construct two Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessels (MMPV) for the Bulgarian Navy. The contract is valued at 984 million levs ($593 million).

Primarily based on the Lürssen OPV-90 design, the 2 vessels below the venture will measure 90m lengthy and displace 2,300t. The MMPV has a size of 90 meters, a beam of 13.5 meters, and a displacement of two,300 tons. A 76 mm gun, 4 anti-ship missiles, eight VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles in vertical launcher cells, a Rheinmetall Millenium close-in weapon station, and light-weight torpedoes are among the many weapons. Saab will present an built-in fight administration system. Saab has signed a contract with the German shipbuilding firm Lürssen and acquired an order to offer and combine the fight system for the Bulgarian Navy’s new Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessels, MMPV.


German shipbuilder NVL Group (previously often called Lürssen Werft) lays keel Of 1st MMPV (Multi Mission Patrol Vessel) for Bulgarian Navy. (Photograph by MTG Dolphin)

The RBS 15 (Robotsystem 15) is a long-range fire-and-forget surface-to-surface and air-to-surface anti-ship missile. The later model RBS 15 Mk. III has the power to assault land targets as effectively. The missile was developed by the Swedish firm Saab Bofors Dynamics. Improvement of the RBS 15 Mk. III started within the mid-Nineteen Nineties. It’s produced by Saab. Emphasis was placed on elevated vary (on account of bigger gasoline capability and new gasoline the vary has been elevated to some 200 km), improved accuracy (built-in GPS) and selectable precedence concentrating on, which improved the weapon system’s flexibility.

In cooperation with its Swedish associate Saab Dynamics, Diehl Defence delivers the anti-ship missile RBS15 Mk3 as the first armament for the German Navy’s new corvettes of the “Braunschweig” class (K130). The long-range, all-weather succesful, fire-and-forget missile is very maneuverable and very proof against digital countermeasures. Its particular benefit: it is ready to interact each sea and land targets. New turbojet engine Microturbo TRI 60-5 with 4.4 kN (990 lbf) of thrust, vary over 200 km, with added land assault functionality.[8] New warhead (elevated penetration and insensitive munitions qualification) from TDW.

Diehl Delivers Recertification and Repair Equipment for RBS15 Mk3 Anti-ship Missiles
Diehl Defence acquired an order kind the Federal Workplace of Bundeswehr Gear, Info Expertise and In-Service Help (BAAINBw) for the supply of recertification and restore gear for the heavy anti-ship missile RBS15 Mk3 to the ammunition provide middle North in Laboe. (Photograph by Diehl Defence)