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Brazil orders man-portable air defense system from Saab
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017

Finland orders Saab's light anti-tank system
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2017 -Finnish Defense Forces are exercising a 2015 contract option with Saab Defense to order additional next-generation light anti-tank weapon systems.

Saab said the weapon system, used by Finland since 2007, will be delivered this year.

"The interest for our NLAW system has increased significantly in recent years," Görgen Johansson, head of Saab's Dynamics business, said in a press release. "This order is a strong proof of this and we look forward to deliver a high-capability weapon system to the Finnish Defence Forces.

"NLAW provides the single soldier with a true anti-tank capability, previously not available on the battlefield."

NLAW is a line-of-sight shoulder-fired weapon system for use against armored vehicles and non-armored targets. During a recently military exercise in Sweden, the NLAW system was used by both Swedish and Finnish forces.

Contract details, including its monetary value, were not disclosed by Saab.

The Brazilian Army has ordered additional RBS 70 Very Short Range Air Defense systems from Saab Defense for delivery in 2018 and 2019.

The RBS 70 system is in-service with the Brazilian Army. It is a man-portable system, which first came into service in the late 1970s. It has a range of nearly five miles and a flight altitude of about 16,400 feet.

Saab Defense, which did not detail the monetary value of the order, said the contract includes man-portable launchers, training simulators, camouflage systems and associated equipment for operators and system maintainers.

"Brazil has an ambitious program for strengthening their air defense capability and this is our third order from the customer in recent years," Marianna Silva, country manager for Saab Brazil, said in a press release. "We are proud to have been selected as a supplier in that transformation, knowing that our system plays an important role in protecting their airspace and defending critical infrastructure."

"The overall market for short-range air defense systems is growing and we see an increasing demand from Brazil and other customers around the world," said Görgen Johansson, senior vice president and head of Saab's Dynamics business area.

Lithuania buys Norwegian air defence system amid Russia fears
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Lithuania on Thursday signed a landmark deal to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to plug an air defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia. The NASAMS medium-range air defence systems developed by Norway's Kongsberg will be the first such shield in the Baltic states and will cost 110 million euros ($130 million). "There is no secret that we have had gaps in ... read more

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