Surface Forces: Viking Harpoon


October 8, 2011: Germany has introduced the Swedish RBS15 Mk3 anti-ship missiles to its K130 corvettes. The RBS15 is similar to the U.S. Harpoon, but heavier (800 kg/1,760 pounds, compared to 728 kg/1,600), and has greater range (250 kilometers compared to 224 for the latest version of Harpoon.)

The Mk 3 version is a "fire and forget" missile with an increased range (by 25 percent), and added GPS, selective targeting and improved countermeasures. In addition to Sweden, other users are Finland, Croatia, Poland and Turkey. Thailand has it on order. The RBS is designed to be launched from ships, land-based launchers and aircraft.



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