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Arboga Robotmuseum

RB 72

Robothistoriska Föreningen i Arboga

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Missile 72

 

RB 72 missile was developed by SAAB in the middle of the 1970’s.

 

In August 1974 the Swedish Defence Material Administration ordered a pilot study for an IR guided Air-to-Air missile. SAAB received the order for the mock-up work in June 1975.

 

The intention was that the missile RB 72 should be used on the aircraft JA 37 Thunderbolt for assaults on air targets at low as well as at high altitudes. The homing unit had been designed with a special interference-free technique against IR-flares. The proximity fuse was of a twin channel radar proximity fuse of FMCW type.

 

(FMCW = Frequency-Modulated Continuous Wave).

 

The missile was propelled by a powder rocket motor.

 

The project was discontinued at the end of 1977.

 

The RB 72 missile was a very sophisticated missile and advanced missile with a considerable performance. In spite of that performance the Swedish Defence Material Administration decided to purchase the American missile Sidewinder 9 L for the a/c JA 37 Thunderbolt. Sweden gave it the designation RB 74 Sidewinder.

 

When the American missile RB 74 Sidewinder was received in Sweden, it was found to have an inferior performance to the RB 72.

 

Data

Length

8 feet  6 inches

(2.600 mm)

Diameter

7 inches

(175 mm)

Wingspan

2 feet  ,5 inches

(620 mm)

Weight

243 lbs

(110 kg)

Motor

Powder rocket

(Krutraket)

 

 

 

 

Missile types:

 

 RB 330

 

RB 340/341

 

RB 72

 

RB 8

 

RB 11 Dolphin

 

RB 04 Turbo