Saab to supply air defense systems to Lithuania in $123 million deal

Lithuania has ordered MSHORAD systems from Saab under a contract worth approximately SEK 1.3 billion (US$123 million), with deliveries scheduled between 2025 and 2027.

The order is part of a framework agreement between Saab, the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) and the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence, which allows Lithuania to place orders for Saab’s RBS 70 NG mobile short-range air defence missile solution.

The company said the order includes mobile fire and radar units, a command and control system, a training package and the RBS 70 NG training device. Saab will integrate MSHORAD into Oshkosh Defence Joint Light Tactical Vehicles prior to delivery to the customer.

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With this order, Lithuania is the second known customer. In an announcement published in January this year, Saab said it would supply MSHORAD systems to the Swedish Armed Forces under a SEK 300 million contract signed with FMV.

The contract was concluded at the end of 2023 with a delivery period from 2024 to 2026. According to Saab, the systems will be used “to further define Sweden’s future needs for mobile air defense.”

Saab conducted the first live firing tests of the MSHORAD system in Sweden in August 2022, at an event attended by 15 potential customers from NATO and non-NATO countries.

During the test, a total of five successful shots were fired – four during the day and one at night – using an RBS 70 NG mobile fire unit on a MARS S330 vehicle at several targets, including a DJI Matrice 300 RTK quadcopter and an elevated AS365 N3 helicopter cradle.

The sale to Lithuania could also open the door to other countries seeking a mobile air defence system for use in a CUAS or air defence role, a mission concept for which there is great demand in the region.

RBS 70 training system

RBS 70 system