Croatian Navy Test-fires Saab RBS15 Anti-Ship Missile

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Croatian Navy Test-fires Saab RBS15 Anti-Ship Missile
The German-Swedish anti-ship missile RBS15

The Croatian Navy has test-fired a Saab RBS15 anti-ship missile from its vessel.

The second firing test of an RBS15 anti-ship missile has taken place at the beginning of October. It was conducted by a Croatian Navy's vessel, whereas in May the RBS15's first test fire was conducted from one of its land-based launchers. 

The firing was part of the wider Exercise Joint Force 15, which was held in the Eugen Kvaternik military training area, Slunj, and on the naval ranges at Dugi otok.

The missile was fired from the Kralj-class missile boat Dmitar Zvonimir. It was Croatia´s first firing of an RBS15 from a warship since 1994.

The target was completely destroyed by the missile in a testament to the maintainability and reliability of the RBS15.

“The RBS15 missile is the primary armament of our missile gunboats and the firing of this missile indicates the purpose of the existence and the ability of these gunboats.” Stefan Öberg, head of Saab business unit Missile Systems said.

Furthermore, we showed that the Croatian Navy is ready to defend every part of the territorial sea and target any enemy ship that jeopardises our national territory,” says General Drago Lovric, Chief of General Staff of the Croatian Army.

The RBS15 in its latest version, the RBS15 Mk3, is a surface-launched missile that can be integrated on ships, land batteries and mobile launchers.

It is also in service as an air-launched weapon that is integrated on the Gripen fighter and compatible with other NATO aircraft.

The RBS15 is designed to dominate naval engagements from short distances to ranges well beyond the horizon with a high hit probability, ECCM and defence penetration capabilities.

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