Rbs 70

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The Rbs 70 missile (the launch tube, missile with first stage motor, and deployed missile are shown; scale is approximate)

The Rbs 70 is a Swedish beam-riding surface-to-air missile. It exists in two variants: RB 70 and RB 70 Mk.2, and was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

RB 70
Calibre 105 mm
Mass 16.5 kg
Guidance Beam-riding
Maximum speed 525 m/s
Maximum overload 15 G
Firing Range 5 km
Missile guidance time 15 secs
Explosive 1.44 kg TNTeq
Fuze sensitivity 0.1 mm
Arming distance 300 m
Trigger radius 6 m
Armour penetration 19 mm
RB 70 Mk.2
Calibre 105 mm
Mass 16.5 kg
Guidance Beam-riding
Maximum speed 580 m/s
Maximum overload 15 G
Firing Range 7 km
Missile guidance time 24 secs
Explosive 1.44 kg TNTeq
Fuze sensitivity 0.1 mm
Fuze delay 0.05 m
Arming distance 300 m
Trigger radius 3 m
Armour penetration 200 mm
Calibre 105 mm
Mass 17 kg
Guidance Beam riding
Maximum speed 700 m/s
Maximum overload 25 G
Firing Range 9 km
Missile guidance time 32 secs
Explosive 1.44 kg TNTeq
Fuze sensitivity 0.1 mm
Fuze delay 0.05 m
Arming distance 300 m
Trigger radius 3 m
Armour penetration 200 mm

The Rbs 70 (Robotsystem 70), is a Short-range Air Defense (SHORAD) laser-guided missile system originally designed to be launched from a tripod, but was later adapted to be fired from weapon-platforms and warships. The missile weighs in at 15 kg and features a 1.1 kg warhead comprised of 3,000 tungsten pellets together with a directional shape-charge penetrator.

The missile is powered by an initial booster charge together with a smokeless solid propellant engine making the missile able to reach speeds from mach 1.6 to mach 2 depending on the variant. The missile has an operational range of 250 m - 8 km, and a maximum flight altitude of 5,000 m.

The missile is a so called "beam-rider" and navigates towards a laser designated position, thus requiring the user to continuously "lase" the target until the missile reaches the target.The missile features both a proximity fuse and a direct impact fuse, giving the missile the ability to detonate in close proximity to aircraft or via a direct hit.

Effective damage

The missile features two methods of damage; shrapnel using pre-fragmented tungsten pellets and a shape-charge penetrator with the secondary mostly being used against low-speed targets such as hovering helicopters and slower low-flying aircraft.

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

The Rbs 70 is a short ranged missile with a small payload making it more suitable for engaging helicopters rather than aircraft, even if it is capable of doing so; especially if the missile is intercepting an incoming aircraft. The warhead however is lacking in explosive power thus does not guarantee a one-hit-kill and limits the anti-tank usage of the missile both using the kinetic penetration and the high explosive damage. The laser designation and the smokeless engine makes the missile harder to detect but also forces the user to keep a constant lase on the target making it a bit of a double-edged sword.

Overall, the missile is best utilized in an anti-helicopter role where it is placed in either urban areas with high visibility or at spots where the vehicle or platform of the weapon is well concealed from ground and airstrikes since it is not very effective at firing at armoured targets, both because of the low penetration and the lack of armour on the vehicles carrying it. the user should also avoid engaging high speed disengaging or circling aircraft since the probability of a hit is fairly low.

Pros and cons


  • Since the missile navigates by following a continuous laser designation it makes it harder to detect and it can not be avoided using decoys such as flares
  • The missile is relatively lightweight and is thus capable of being used on lighter vehicles giving them higher mobility
  • The missile has a booster charge making the initial acceleration fairly high
  • Can engage less armoured tanks, anti-air, and infantry fighting vehicles


  • The missile requires the user to keep a continuous designation on the target and renders the user vulnerable to both ground and air-attacks
  • The missile travels at a maximum speed of mach 2 making it less capable at engaging aircraft
  • The featured warhead only weighs in at 1.1kg, limiting the velocity of the fragments and the capabilities of the shaped-charge to penetrate armour


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See also

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External links

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