Daily Archives: February 16, 2016

Saab BAMSE Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD) missile system – Sweden

The BAMSE system is one of few systems in the world today that is developed and optimised as a de­dicated Ground-Based Air Defence (GBAD) missile system.

BAMSE is designed for flexible usage both for stand-alone operation as well as in networks with other sensors and weapon systems. The philosophy is to optimise system effect by having a number of fully co-ordinated firing units that together create a ground coverage for the system of more than 2,100 km2  and an effective altitude coverage of 15,000 m.

The BAMSE system has excellent built-in ECCM capabilities both in the GIRAFFE AMB surveillance radar and the unique monopulse Fire Control Radar (FCR) Automatic Command to Line Of Sight (ACLOS) missile guidance function.

 The Saab BAMSE SR-SAM On Ashok Leyland Truck

Unique coverage

Long-range/high-altitude surveillance is no match for Bamse, which provides a large protected volume to high altitude

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The all-target, all-weather Bamse system is designed to counter modern threats, which besides bombers and fighter-bombers, also includes stand-off weapons, UAVs and other small targets that will constitute ever greater threats in the future. The Bamse system combines modern advanced technology and the company’s more than 50 years’ experience in air-defence systems, missiles and radars, into a powerful and cost-effective air-defence system.

Unique capabilities

  • 24-hour, all-weather capability in ECM environment
  • Long-range/high-altitude surveillance
  • Large protected volume to high altitude
  • Accurate 3D target designation from radar
  • Optimised C4I Network function

Fast and lethal

  • Very short reaction and engagement times
  • All missiles reloaded in less than 5 min (1 missile reloaded in 1 min)
  • High detection and kill probability against targets ranging from large transport aircraft, fighter-bombers and UAVs to air-to-ground missiles and stealth-type targets (low radar signature)
  • High capability against multiple attacks
  • High level of tactical and strategic mobility

Efficient support and operation

  • Embedded simulators for easy handling and training
  • Operation with a minimum of qualified personnel
  • Minimised logistical support
  • Long serviceable life with low life-cycle cost, with a missile life exceeding 30 years
  • High redundancy



Giraffe AMB studio

Frequency 5.4 – 5.9 GHz, C-band
Instrumented ranges 120 km
Full elevation coverage >70º
Altitude coverage 20,000 m (>60 kft)
Antenna 3D phased array, digital beam forming, IFF Integrated back-to-back

Bamse Fire-Control Radar (FCR)

FCR frequency 34 – 35 GHz, Ka-band
Radar type Pulse-doppler monopulse
Pulse-doppler monopulse <100 W
Antenna lobe (circular beam width) <1° lobe
Function Target and missile tracking
FCR instrumented range 30 km

Bamse Missile

Range Out to 20 km
Effective altitude coverage 15,000 m
Guidance Automatic Command to Line of Sight (ACLOS)
Missile commands Transmitted by FCR
Warhead Fragmentation and shaped charge
Fuze Proximity and impact fuze
Target types Fighters, bombers and transport aircraft combat and transport helicopters, stand-off weapons and guided bombs
Ready-to-fire missiles on MCC Six missiles


The BAMSE system is a state of the art system with several unique capabilities. The BAMSE system has extensive Built in Test Equipment (BITE), which minimises the need for special test equipment. The BAMSE system is also developed to have high redundancy where every single missile launcher has the capability to combat targets without any connection to an external information source or higher command.

The BAMSE system has unique high altitude coverage and is effective with maintained high missile manoeuvrability at 15,000 m altitude. Every single missile launcher has C2 capabilities.

The BAMSE system has the possibility to have integrated IFF on every missile launcher in order to further strengthen the possibility to act as autonomous units, if necessary.

The system has been specially developed to combat small and fast targets as well as low flying cruise missiles and UAVs.

Source: saab.com/land/weapon-systems/conworld.wikia.com


N. Korea launches new ICBM unit: sources

According to Yonhap News Agency

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) — North Korea has formed a new military unit to deploy a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), multiple South Korean government sources said Sunday.

They said the KN-08 Brigade, designated after the ICBM of the same name, is a subordinate unit of the Strategic Forces, which oversees all missile units in the North. Sources said it indicates North Korea has inched closer to fielding the road-mobile ICBM.

Last week, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said North Korea “has already taken initial steps toward fielding this (KN-08) system, although the system has not been flight-tested.” Clapper also said Pyongyang was committed to developing “a long-range, nuclear-armed missile that is capable of posing a direct threat” to the United States.

The KN-08 was first unveiled in a military parade in April 2012 celebrating the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the North’s founder.

Strategic Forces now commands four strategic and tactical missile units. With North Korea apparently bolstering its missile programs, the commander of the Strategic Forces, Kim Rak-kyom, was promoted to the rank of four-star general late last year.

The KN-08 is believed to have a range of at least 10,000 kilometers. In its annual report to Congress, the Pentagon said Friday if the KN-08 is properly designed and developed, it could be difficult to track because of its mobility.

Elsewhere in its arsenal, North Korea is said to have produced more than 300 Nodong Missiles with a range of 1,200 kilometers, and about 30 Musudan missiles that can travel some 3,000 km. They are said to be capable of reaching the U.S. military bases in Japan and in the Pacific island of Guam, a U.S. territory.


Read Original Article: HERE


KN-08 mobile ICBM unit


Baby Come Back: Iraq is Buying, Fielding Russian Weapons Again

Last updated: Tuesday Feb 16, 2016 – 00:20 UTC (about 1 hour ago)

The delivery of 24 Pantsir-S1 air defense systems and missiles to Iraq from Russia has been completed. The systems were part of a wider defense package estimated to have been worth $4.2 billion with between 42-50 of the units on order. It remains unclear whether more will be delivered in future as part of the same or future deals, after Russian officials and businessmen met with top Iraqi officials last week in Baghdad to discuss oil, gas, and defense cooperation. The previous sale was met with some controversy as former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki almost cancelled the deal over allegations of corruption.


Pantsir-S1-S2 air defense systems: Details