Saab, MESKO team up for Polish Navy RBS15 missile system maintenance
Sweden’s Saab and Polish defense company MESKO, a member of Polish Armament Group (PGZ), have entered a teaming agreement for long-term maintenance and support of the Polish Navy’s RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missile system.
Contracted in 2006, the RBS15 Mk3 is in service on-board the Polish Navy’s Orkan-class fast attack craft.
The teaming agreement, which was signed in September at the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce, Poland, will establish a centre of maintenance and support in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland for the RBS15 missiles, which in turn will increase the efficiency of the RBS15 Mk3 maintenance for the Polish Navy.
“We are pleased to announce this important co-operation agreement with MESKO, providing the Polish Navy with an increased ability to maintain their RBS15 Mk3 missiles for many years to come. With this agreement we strengthen our footprint in Poland and we see a great future for the RBS15 Mk3 missile system,” says Jason Howard, head of Saab Poland.
“This agreement guarantees that both companies are committed to joining together their capabilities to ensure fruitful and effective collaboration within the framework of the Polish Naval Programs, i.e. Czapla, Miecznik, and Ślązak or other PNP programs. This is also an opportunity for our company to become a part of Saab’s global supply chain,” said Dariusz Szlafka, Member of the Management Board and Production Director of MESKO SA.
The RBS15 Mk3 is a modern surface-to surface missile system designed to operate in a diverse range of scenarios, from anti-ship engagement in blue to littoral waters as well as to land attack missions. As Saab explains, the RBS15 Mk3 allows for true fire-and forget operability in all weather conditions, thanks to its advanced pre-launch programmable active radar seeker.
The missile is jointly produced and marketed by Saab, Sweden and Diehl BGT Defence, Germany.