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IMDEX Asia: Saab looks to Asia-Pacific market for Swordfish

12th May 2017 - 12:02 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Saab, which has been attempting to bait several Asia-Pacific air forces with its Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft, has sharpened its offering.

One improvement confirmed by the company's recent engineering studies is that the Bombardier Global 6000-based jet can carry greater payloads on its four under-wing hardpoints.

Richard Hjelmberg, Saab's head of Asia-Pacific marketing and sales for airborne ISR, told Shephard that the outer hardpoints are now certified to carry 1,700lb (771kg) each.

As a result, the Swordfish could carry up to six lightweight torpedoes, a mix of torpedoes and air-to-surface missiles (eg RBS15F ER) and/or Survival Kit Air Droppable (SKAD)

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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