Arboga missile museum
At Arboga missile museum you will find most things associated with missile technology in the Swedish armed forces. Included in the collection are also cockpits, simulators, engines, library, models and equipment for testing and firing missiles. The Swedish missile history started during WW 2 when a number of German missiles shot from the Peenemünde missile testing facility on the Baltic ended up on Swedish soil by faulty gyros or other reasons. Thus the interest grew for an alternative to torpedoes. An early missile was the Flying wing Rb 301, first fired from a launcher and then dropped from a Saab J 21R (itself being a curiosity in the early development of jet engined planes). After the war a number of missiles were developed and test fired, among them was the Robot 04 arming Saab A 32 Lansen and Saab AJ 37 Viggen. The latest of these attack/anti shipping missiles is the Robot 15 arming today´s Saab JAS 39 Gripen.
At the museum you will find the well known Fi-103 (V-1), Sky Flash, Maverick, Sidewinder, Harpoon, Falcon, Hellfire and many more. The most fantastic part is the section of really weird types used during the development era in the 1950s-70s. Some cut up to show the internals like engines, war head and electronics. A part being very unusual and interesting is the small corner showing radar sets from a STRIL 60 base. The STRIL 60 was a range of radars combined with operators, airbases and routines to defend the Swedish borders, quite advanced for its day. Next to it is a screen showing short clips from radar surveillance across the Baltic sea. A running commentary is telling all whats going on, like Soviet exercise missile runs toward Swedish coastline, Soviet fighter intrusions and counter measures in operation trying to blind Swedish radar defence. During the whole cold war era Sweden held half of the front line to the Warsaw pact and saw quite a bit of what was going on behind the borders. Outside the museum building one may find Bloodhound and a former Austrian J 35 Draken. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.robotmuseum.se/Mappar/0E/index_e.html
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