The Brazilian army ordered additional RBS 70 short-range air defense missile systems from Saab, which are expected to be delivered starting this year and continuing into 2018. Photo courtesy Saab
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By Richard Tomkins

Sweden (UPI) — The Brazilian army is procuring additional RBS 70 surface-to-air missile systems from Saab Defense of Sweden, according to the company.

The order for the RBS 70 VSHORAD, or very short range air defense system, is worth nearly $11.7 million, Saab announced, with deliveries scheduled to start this year and continue into 2018.

In addition to the systems, the contract includes launchers, night vision equipment, training simulators and other equipment for operators and maintainers of the RBS 70.

“With this order the Brazilian army continues to improve their air defense capability,” Stefan Öberg, head of Missile Systems within Saab’s Dynamics business area, said in a press release. “The system played a very important role in the protection of the 2016 Olympic Games, where it not only protected the games, but also strategic infrastructure.”

The company’s RBS system has an operational range of nearly five miles and can reach an altitude of more than 16,000 feet. The Saab system is popular, as 19 countries have purchased more than 1,600 RBS 70 systems.

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