RBS-17 on ground firing post - Photo Copyright Lockheed Martin

The RBS-17 is a Swedish variation of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile. It has been adapted for Anti-ship role and can be launched from Naval vessels or a ground firing post.


The AGM-114 Hellfire missile was designed to defeat armoured vehicles at standoff ranges. The primary platforms related to this missile are the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters.


However the Hellfire missile can be launched from other helicopters and platforms.

The guidance system of the Hellfire has evolved from the semi-active laser in early models to the last generation millimetre wave guidance. The Hellfire is a precision guided, subsonic missile with a maximum range of 8,000 meters.

The Hellfire missile was used for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991 (Operation Desert Storm) achieving a great victory over Iraqi armoured forces.

The AGM-114B is a modified AGM-114A Hellfire missile for use on US Navy rotary wing aircraft. It is fully compliant with some special safety requirements.


RBS-17 Specifications
Type Anti-ship version of the AGM-114 Hellfire missile
Manufacturer Sweden
Weight 48kg
Warhead 9kg tandem shaped charge HEAT
Length 64in (163cm)
Diameter 7in (17.8cm)
Performance Range 9,000m, guidance laser beam riding

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