|Type||anti-ship, land attack and air-to-air|
|In service||1967 - 2005|
|Manufacturer||Saab-Scania, Missiles and Electronics|
|Weight||305 kg (672 lb)|
|Length||3.6 m (11.8 ft)|
|Diameter||0.3 m (11.8 in)|
|Warhead||160 kg high explosive|
|Engine||liquid propellant rocket motor|
|Wingspan||0.8 m (31.5 in)|
|9 km (5.6 mi/4.9 nm)|
|optical manual command|
|AJ 37 Viggen|
The Rb 05A is a short-range air-to-surface missile that was developed in the 1960s by the Swedish company Saab-Scania, Missiles and Electronics.
The Rb 05A was developed as an air-to-surface missile for the AJ 37 Viggen in the late 1960s. The supersonic speed was deemed necessary to reduce the threat of surface-to-air missiles. The missile would usually be launched after a high-speed attack run on very low altitude and climb to 400m for launch. The aircraft would immediately descend again and the pilot guiding the missile optically with a joystick.
Guidance commands are transmitted via a microwave transmission link. Tracking flares on the missile aid the pilot in guiding the missile on target.
It was later discovered that the missile was effective in air-to-air against non-maneuvering aircraft as well.
- Scanned sales brochure of Rb 05A
- List of Air-to-Surface guided missiles
- Info on the Rb 05A with the AJ 37 Viggen
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