In a bid to increase its coastal defense, Sweden has test-fired an anti-ship missile system that was retired back in 2000, as the Swedish military has realized that the land-based systems must be returned to service.
The Kustrobotbatteri 90 was the only Swedish-produced launcher that was capable of firing Saab Robotsystem 15 (RBS-15) anti-ship missiles from shore.
Restoring the missile system called for a creative approach from the armed forces, Rear Admiral Thomas Engevall said.
“We analyzed whether we would be able to put something back together again which was capable of launching it,” he told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.
“A number of the trucks still remained. We took components from existing missile boats and warships which had the same missile system,” Engevall said.
The maker of the RBS-15 missile, Saab, assisted the Swedish military in overhauling the system.
“It is extremely good that we have land-based coastal missile systems back in our national defense,” Peter Hultqvist, Swedish defense minister, said as he visited the drills.
“It means that we can shoot anti-ship missiles from land over great distance. It provides increased flexibility and capability in marine warfare. It increases military capability, and that’s something we need,” the minister added.
The land-based anti-ship missile systems are planned to be stationed on the island of Gotland to increase its defense capabilities.