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Saudi Crown Prince Asked South Korea To Strengthen Kingdom’s Air Defenses: Yonhap


Saudi Crown Prince Asked South Korea To Strengthen Kingdom’s Air Defenses: Yonhap

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (R) addresses the first meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Economic and Development Affairs Authority in Riyadh on November 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has requested help from South Korea to strengthen the Kingdom’s air defense systems, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

The request was made during a phone call between the crown prince and Korean President Moon Jae-in on September 18.

“He requested South Korea’s help in a plan to beef up his nation’s air defense system and the two sides agreed to continue consultations on it,” the Korean Blue House said in an official statement.

The Saudi request came after the Abqaiq–Khurais attack, which was claimed by the Houthis. The attack caused severe damage in two key facilities of Aramco, hindering Saudi oil exports for days.

According to several sources, the attack was carried out with dozens of cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Saudi Arabia’s Western-made air-defense systems failed to detect or to intercept any of the projectiles.

South Korea produces several types of advanced air-defense systems, some in cooperation with Russia’s defense giant Almaz-Antey.

Bin Salman’s request reveals his dissatisfaction with the capabilities of the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force, which has failed to stop dozens of aerial attacks since the outbreak of the Yemeni war in 2015.

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  • Tiresia Branding
  • Garga

    Whaaa? You mean Patriots and other American systems didn’t do the job?

    I don’t know the agreement between Almaz-Antey and South Korea’s ADD. Do they need Russia’s permission for export, like Israel needs the US’s for Arrows? Their systems are better than Patriot no doubt about it but still inferior to S-400, export version

    Abu-Manshar probably seeks to acquire a system like Biho or Chiron shoulder-launched missiles. which can be more effective against light drones compared to a full fledged anti-missile system. Why not seeking Pantsir?

    But what do I know, it’s MbS we’re talking about. Perhaps he’s more interested in gold-plated radars installed on gold-plated yachts operated by strippers…

    • Tiresia Branding

      the Clown Prince act like a capricious child, so he need some spanking. Seems an offensive answer to the last Putin joke, or some kind of idiotic revenge, so if Iran has ties with North Korea then I tighten relations with South Korea. The boy won’t have a long life, he’s ruining the whole family shack

      • 1691

        MBS can not go directly to Russia. Uncle sam will never let him do that but he is going there nevertheless: “South Korea produces several types of advanced air-defense systems, some in cooperation with Russia’s defense giant Almaz-Antey.”

        • Tiresia Branding

          from any angle you want to watch the KSA you will always see a sinking boat. Let’s say that the young prince is very committed to creating new holes and to widen the already existing. I don’t understand how between 50k Sauds there is not one that cuts his throat :-D

          • 1691

            You have made sound comments. My respect! However, I am not much into cutting throats. This is isis style and I would never support them, the zio mafia, running the usa and the best buddies: ksa and israhell plus government of uk. I don’t care what happens to mbs but I will definitely not support a war between Iran and ksa and watch muslims killing muslims, cause this is what the zio mafia wants. I have noticed that Mr Putin managed to “convert” Erdogan. He might be able to “convert” others too.:)

          • Tiresia Branding

            don’t miserunderstood me… Sauds are themselves a family of beheaders, with their own wahabist cult of beheading that inspire their terrorist puppets. What I intend is a regulation inside the Saud mafia gang; they’re not muslims at all, they are a blasphemy for Islam

  • Ford Fairlane

    Best of luck to journalist killer Mohammad Bin Salman.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    If South Korea could defend themselves, then the UN would not have been there with a military ordered by the UN. North Korea defeated South Korea with easy, only the UN directorate with military intervention saved and propped up the evil South Korean people. If South Korea cannot defend themselves, then they cannot help Saudi Arabia defend themselves either. The only missile defense systems on earth that can save Saudi Arabia, is Iranian air-defenses haha.