Alliance Between German Diehl CorporationAnd Swedish SAAB Group On Anti-Ship Missiles
(Source : Diehl Group ; undated ; Web-posted Dec. 5, 2000)


Diehl Corporation, Nuremberg, the German system house for guided missiles, will in the future co-operate with SAAB Bofors Dynamics, Karlskoga, the leading high-tech company in Northern Europe, in the development and production of anti-ship missiles.

For the present integration/verification phase of the RBS15 Mk3-project and for the production delivery and maintenance of the missiles, as well as for future upgrades, the two companies will work together. SAAB will be system leader and Diehl, as German prime contractor, will be responsible for the final assembly and test of the missiles at Diehl's Maasberg location. Diehl will also be responsible for the maintenance of the missiles. The Diehl companies BGT, Diehl Ammunition and Junghans Feinwerktechnik will be responsible for the delivery of certain subsystems to the missiles.

The co-operation agreement with SAAB is another success of Diehl's strategy to retain and further expand German know-how and jobs in the field of guided missiles through strategic alliances. Moreover, the co-operation agreement ensures the German missile industry's independence and strengthens Germany's position as a high-tech centre. SAAB will support Diehl with technology so that production and maintenance can be moved to Germany. Thus Diehl will be able to act as the point-of-contact for the German Navy in all system matters.

This strategic alliance is based on a successful co-operation of both companies in the IRIS-T (air-to-air missile) consortium, where Diehl acts as system leader and prime contractor. This co-operation is now expanded to include naval missiles.

For rapid deployment missions in coastal waters, the naval forces need missiles which are suited both for naval surface engagements (ship-to-ship) and engagement of certain land targets (ship-to-shore). The RBS15 Mk3 has been designed with a growth potential, such that it can also be used for engaging land targets. With its range of more than 200 km and with sufficient space to accommodate different types of warheads and target seekers (like the already flying ARAS dual-mode seeker from BGT) it is well suited for these missions. The combined resources and competencies of Diehl and SAAB in the field of proven and reliable navigation systems, interference-resistant seekers with automatic target recognition, digital flight control and aim-point selection, guarantee accurate targeting.

In a first market study of October 1999 a requirement of a large number of missiles was determined for the German Navy. This is based on a need for new equipment for the K130 corvettes and several classes of new and retrofitted frigates.

Other prospects for RBS15 Mk3 are requirements for missiles from the Finnish and Polish navies. Further prospects include Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Thailand. In the future the Swedish Corvette Visby will be equipped with the system.

The market potential of this missile system is distinctly above DM 1 billion.

This agreement between SAAB and Diehl is the latest example of the strengthened co-operation between Sweden and Germany and emphasises the benefits for both countries in co-operating on heavy missiles (surface-surface and air-surface). In recent years Germany and Sweden have shown co-operation on Main Battle Tanks (Leopard 2), air-to-air missiles (IRIS-T and Meteor), air-to ground missiles (DWS39 and Taurus), ground-to air missiles (ASRAD), ship-building and ship equipment (HDW/Kockums) and in the future other systems in the missile field as well as other areas will be added.

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