RBS 70 Air Defence Missile System

The RBS 70 is one of Bofors most well-known and established air defence system ever. This air defence missile system is operational in 13 customer countries all over the world. In addition to the Army system, it is also operational in some countries in other services as Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

The RBS 70 has been under constant improvement adapted to the most sophisticated future threat and using the latest solutions in missile technology. The RBS 70 was initially developed for the Swedish Armed Forces requiring:

  • Long intercept range in the head-on sector
  • High accuracy and kill probability
  • Immune to all known hostile and natural jamming
  • Down to the ground capability
  • Command to Line of Sight
  • Growth potential to night capability

    Bofors selected laser guidance solution in order to fulfil these essential requirements. RBS 70 was the first laser guided defence missile system in the world, which means we have a long experience in this technology. From the very first, the RBS 70 was developed as a complete missile system and also given a potential of integration with most wheeled and tracked vehicles. The RBS 70 is superior to competitive man-portable air defence missile systems. Because of its 7 km intercept range in the head-on sector range it really belongs to a class other than the VSHORAD.


    In its basic configuration the RBS 70 comprises a tripod, sight and missile. In a complete system configuration several fire units can be connected to a surveillance radar enabling all C3I functions. A number of radar options with ready interface are available. And automatic threat evaluation is a part of the combat control at two separate levels.

    On customerís request Bofors Missiles will take full system responsibility whatever system configuration. If RBS 70 isnít interfaced with a surveillance radar it can of course operate autonomously.

    In the vehicle applications RBS 70 can easily be dismounted and used independently.

    With a Clip-on Night Device, designated COND, the RBS 70 can operate 24 hours a day. A complete RBS 70 fire unit consisting of the weapon itself, COND and Battlefield Management Terminal (BMT) requires only batteries as power supply. No cooling gas is required.

    The high system reliability with the latest missile is more than 0.93 verified by big customers as the Swedish and Norwegian Armed Forces. A recognised high system quality gives very low maintenance cost.


    Missile Mk 2 operates with the most modern control method in missile guidance, the Linear Quadratic Method, based on the Kalman Theory. The missileís shaped charge is surrounded by more than 3 000 tungsten pellets. The jet of the shaped charge can penetrate any aerial threat. And if the target is carrying armour the penetration will be followed immediately by a severe behind the armour effect. In some intercept situations the combined effect of shaped charge and tungsten pellets will cause a devastating effect. The laser operated proximity fuze is, like the rest of the system, unjammable.


    With the RBS 70 simulator, which is an integral part of the system, a potential missile operator has the ability to engage difficult targets after approximately 20 hours of training. A PC-based simulatorís target path unit has a large number of flight paths, and the instructor can create any aerial threat situation with various kind of targets. A sophisticated evaluation and presentation of the result gives true values which also can be saved. Any tactical situation can be trained, connected to BMT, using IFF and at night using COND. To evaluate live firings there is the Bofors Video Recorder Attachment, which also can be used for recording during tracking training in the field using real targets.