A brand new video printed by the Singapore Ministry of Protection has confirmed that the Saab RBS 70 New Technology (RBS 70 NG) Quick-range Air Protection (SHORAD) Man-portable air-defence system (MANPADS) simulator has been delivered to the one city-island-nation. The Republic of Singapore Air Power (RSAF) has procured the Saab RBS 70 NG MANPADS as a part of its air protection renewal efforts. The announcement was made by the RSAF chief, Maj Gen Kelvin Khong, in a Singapore Airshow interview. The brand new system, which is an oblong sighting window, might be seen on the 1:42 mark of the video. The earlier system employs a round window.

The RSAF’s Divisional Air Defence Group (DAG) has been working the RBS 70 since 1980, nevertheless it was upgraded with the Bolide missile in 2011. Nevertheless, weighing 35kg, it required one other individual to hold the 15kg clip-on thermal sights. Initially designed and manufactured by the Swedish protection agency of Bofors Defence (now Saab Bofors Dynamics, since 2000). The RBS 70 is operational with the Swedish Armed Forces and has additionally been exported to 18 international locations worldwide, together with Australia, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Eire, Latvia Norway, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia, and the UAE.


Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Heng Chee How viewing the RBS 70 NG coaching simulator.

The RBS 70 NG’s built-in digital sights with thermal operate convey a lowered weight of 25kg, which might be welcomed by RSAF personnel as they often deploy these MANPADS on buildings in varied air protection eventualities. The mount, incompatible with older sights, can also be the interface for the IFF and monitoring radar. The digital system implies that commanders can share the operator’s view of the goal, enabling higher decision-making, particularly in peacetime eventualities. The NG’s exterior monitoring operate permits the missile to make the most of its full vary of 9km as minute thumb actions throughout handbook monitoring means the missile readjusts itself and loses vitality quicker.

Along with excellent MANPAD advantages, RBS 70 NG’s sight has been specifically designed for even larger flexibility and modularity. The system’s cutting-edge design additionally implies that it will possibly combine with varied automobiles, and has networked and remote-control compatibility. Of curiosity is how the RSAF will motorize the RBS 70 NG, with the incumbent V-200 already slated for retirement. A brand new chance is URO VAMTAC 4×4 automobiles, however the back-blast security radius of 60° and 2m imply the motive force’s cab could be in the best way until the firing mount is raised. the RSAF is at the moment evaluating different programs for the DAG, these are prone to change the M113 Mechanised Igla system.

RSAF and RBAirF personnel participating in a sharing session on the RSAF RBS 70 during the Joint Field Deployment of Exercise Airguard.
Republic of Singapore Air Power and Royal Brunei Air Power personnel taking part in a sharing session on the RSAF RBS 70 throughout the Joint Area Deployment of Train Airguard.