Monday 15 July, 2024

Saab to deliver MSHORAD air defence to Lithuania

Saab has received an order from the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for deliveries of Saab’s Mobile Short Range Air Defence (MSHORAD) solution in a deal valued at approximately SEK 1.3 billion (USD 123 million).

The recent order is placed within a framework agreement between Saab, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and the Lithuanian MoD and allows Lithuania to place orders for Saab’s mobile short-range air defence missile solution RBS 70 NG.

The order includes Mobile Firing Units, Mobile Radar Units, a Command and Control (C2) System, a training package, and the RBS 70 NG trainer. Saab will integrate MSHORAD into Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) produced by the American company Oshkosh before final delivery. Saab has stated that deliveries will take place between 2025-2027.

“We are proud to continue to support the air defence of Lithuania. MSHORAD is our response to the new threats on the battlefield. Saab’s wide expertise makes us able to deliver everything from radar and firing units as well as our command- and control system; the result is the most modern and capable mobile short-range air defence solution on the market,” says Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.

“’MSHORAD is designed to ensure the protection of certain facilities, areas and critical infrastructure. The advantage of this system is mobility, so it is an extremely necessary system that will significantly strengthen the capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. We are currently using the older generation RBS 70 air defence system and Bolide missiles’’, said Lithuania’s Minister of National Defence, Laurynas Kasčiūnas.

Saab’s MSHORAD consists of the Mobile Radar Unit based on the Giraffe 1X radar, and the Mobile Firing Unit based on the RBS 70 NG, all connected with Saab’s GBAD C2.

Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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