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A source said the cause of the failure of the US missile defense system in Saudi Arabia

2019-09-19T12:08:51.483Z

The U.S. air defense system in Saudi Arabia missed dozens of drones and cruise missiles that attacked the Saudi refineries, due to inconsistencies with the declared characteristics and low efficiency in combating small-sized air targets, a senior Russian Defense Ministry source said.



As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo previously stated, "sometimes air defense systems around the world show conflicting results."

Such excuses can be accepted only if we are talking about one Patriot complex, the interlocutor from the defense department said.

According to him, thanks to the United States, “a powerful air defense system in the region with a continuous radar field” has been deployed in northern Saudi Arabia.

“The northern border of Saudi Arabia is now covered by 88 launchers of American Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems. Of these, 36 have the PAC-2 modification and another 52 are the newest PAC-3, ”the source said, noting that in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Saudi Arabia there are three more U.S. Navy destroyers equipped with the Aegis missile defense system and armed with 100 missiles modifications "SM-2".

A source in the ministry added that the systems "are simply not ready to repel the enemy’s massive use of air attack in a real combat situation."

On September 14, in Saudi Arabia, drones attacked two refineries of the state-owned company Saudi Aramco, after which fires occurred at the plants.

Pompeo, commenting on this, said that air defense systems around the world work "with varying success." He added that "even some of the best systems in the world do not always hit targets."

Source: russiart

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