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Russian C-400 will protect Saudi Arabia from Soviet missiles and the Iranian threat

Russian C-400 will protect Saudi Arabia from Soviet missiles and the Iranian threat

For more than half a year the Saudi princes have been living in constant fear. In February 2017, the Yemeni rebels successfully bombarded the suburbs of the capital, the city of Riyadh, and achieved an accurate missile attack on the territory of the military base of the royal armed forces. After that, the question of the “professional suitability” of the American Patriot air defense systems covering the capital finally disappeared, and it was time to think: what to do next?

"Blitzkrieg" failed

When Saudi Arabia planned a blitzkrieg in Yemen at the beginning of 2015, its leadership even in the most terrible dreams could not have imagined that in two years the capital of the kingdom would be subjected to rocket attack in response.

The war plan looked beautiful and real. The forces of the coalition collected by the Saudis were significant. According to the calculations of the Royal General Staff, the campaign could last a maximum of 2-3 of the month.

But the unexpected happened. Ordinary villagers and part of the Yemeni army, armed mainly with small-arms and portable anti-tank weapons, using partisan tactics, stopped the advance of well-armed invaders. After several more attempts by the Saudi coalition to reverse the situation in its favor, the war took a protracted character, and by mid-autumn 2015, the front line took the configuration that has been preserved on the whole so far.

Saudi Arabia under fire

Even before the war, Yemen had Soviet P-17 ("Scud-B" according to Western terminology) Soviet missiles that could strike at a distance of up to 300 km. And also North Korea (or Iranian) improved clones of these missiles (Scud-C) were purchased from Syria.

The first Yemeni long-range ballistic missiles were launched around the kingdom in June 2015 of the year, but were intercepted by the Patriot air defense system. The second shelling occurred on August 26 and with the same result. It was only on the third attempt that the Yemenis were lucky. The airbase, located in the south-west of the country near the town of Khamis-Mushayta (about 250 km from the front line or about 350-400 km from the place of the likely launch) was struck.

On the whole, 2015 ended the year in favor of the Patriots. And then began what nobody expected ...

"Patriot" is not the same

After a long break, in September 2016, a new Yemeni ballistic missile struck a Saudi military base near the city of Taif (1) (approximately 600 km in a straight line from the front and 700 km from the probable launch site). It was clear that the kingdom was hit by one of the latest versions of Scud, produced today in Iran and the DPRK. And the worst thing for the leadership of Saudi Arabia was that the Patriots were powerless against the new missile threat.

Back in September, 2016, the leadership of the rebels warned that the next target would be the capital of Saudi Arabia, and ... kept its word.

6 February 2017 was hit by the Mazahimiya military base (2), located 20 km west of Riyadh. This news caused a panic in the capital and a denial of the official authorities, who did not dare to tell their subjects the truth, Saudi Arabia is completely defenseless against the missile gifts of the Yemeni rebels.

It was necessary to urgently look for a replacement for the outdated "Patriots" ...

Russia or the United States?

Today in the world there are only two manufacturers of modern air defense systems: Russia and the United States. In 2016, the Saudis didn’t have a question about who to buy anti-missile systems from. Russia is the enemy, and the USA is a friend, and therefore there was actually no choice.

That is why in the summer of 2017, during the visit to Saudi Arabia of 45 US President Donald Trump, an agreement was reached on the supply of THAAD to the Kingdom of 44 launchers, 16 command and control centers and seven guidance radars. All this (together with 360 rockets) cost the royal treasury a round sum of 15 billion dollars.

It would seem that there should be no problems with supplies, but the State Department, despite the promises made by Trump, was in no hurry to give permission for export.

A bolt from the blue for Americans struck 6 on October 2017, when it became known that Saudi Arabia wanted to buy, and Russia agreed to sell four C-400 division kits for 2 billion dollars.

On the same day (!!!) the US government approved the sale of Saudi Arabia THAAD air defense system.

Tellingly, the four C-400 divisions are in fact the same kit as the USA (48 PU and 8 guidance radars). As we see, “anti-missile” contracts with the United States and the Russian Federation are essentially similar and “interchangeable”, but what is the difference in price? Is the American air defense system so much better?

The issue is controversial, and in the case of Saudi Arabia, and senseless. Both systems can easily intercept the Scuds and any other missiles that may appear in service with Iran and other enemies of the kingdom in the foreseeable future.

Also in the case of Saudi Arabia, the issue of contract value is not as critical as the issue of security, and therefore the decision will be made not in the economic sphere, but political. And there is another very important point that makes the choice of princes very difficult ...

Why does Russia supply the “enemy” with the latest air defense systems?

Let's remember the map of Colonel Peters.

We see that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to the plan of Washington, should lose a significant part of its present territory (including in favor of Yemen). They laughed at this card for a long time and said that it was a fake, but the events of the “Arab spring” and their consequences showed that this is the real American plan to reformat the Middle East.

If anyone forgot, under Barack Obama, Saudi Arabia was found guilty of the September 11 2001 terrorist attack of the year. Even then, American society began to prepare for the fact that the most faithful and reliable ally of the United States in the region is not such a friend of America ...

Russia just does not need to destroy Saudi Arabia. She needs to return stability and peace to the region and the best way to achieve this is to restore the pre-war status quo. Moscow has already managed to drag former opponents into its camp, Iran and Turkey, which, in turn, hope to solve their geopolitical problems with the help of Russian influence.

But for Russia, it harbors a threat. As soon as the US loses its influence in the Middle East, and Saudi Arabia will be crushed, Ankara and Tehran will start their “elder” brother. To avoid this, Russia should not finish off, but support the Saudi princes who are in a difficult situation. It is necessary to protect their heads with their missile systems from the former Soviet and now Iranian missiles and in no case prevent today's allies to stop needing a new guarantor of stability in the Middle East.
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  1. Livonetc
    Livonetc 11 October 2017 15: 05 New
    If you get an interesting experience in missile defense testing is possible.
    But then again, if.
    1. venaya
      venaya 11 October 2017 15: 30 New
      The multivectorial foreign policy is vital for the Saudis, otherwise they will simply be torn to pieces, this is in the plans of their enemies. So even if they do not need air defense systems, then they will need to acquire something else, I think that in this matter there is more simply their foreign policy task.
      1. maxim947
        maxim947 11 October 2017 19: 09 New
        The need for a multi-vector policy has ripened relatively recently. Previously, they were happy with everything, they sat tight under the mattresses and petrodollars sheared and bandits financed. But constancy is an impossible thing, and they squealed.
  2. Warnoob
    Warnoob 11 October 2017 15: 33 New
    Do not rejoice ahead of time. There, with Turkey already hemorrhoid went, and yet there really was nothing. Saudis can also bend down unacceptable and absurd demands.
    1. Yurasumy
      11 October 2017 15: 48 New
      There is the crap expected. Turks want technology, Russia says no. There is a bargaining.
      1. stas
        stas 11 October 2017 19: 19 New
        Turkey is a temporary travel companion for the situation.
        You can’t believe them, you must use them for your own purposes.
    BRONEVIK 11 October 2017 17: 30 New
    I wonder how Iran likes it.
  4. sergo1914
    sergo1914 11 October 2017 19: 17 New
    That’s because ... The country has been gone for so many years, but there are rockets. Able to do. Not a match for the current handshakes.
    1. Kenxnumx
      Kenxnumx 11 October 2017 19: 57 New
      What they could. Scud primitive like a club. And here is the c400 new Russian complex
  5. tforik
    tforik 11 October 2017 19: 40 New
    Russia actually threw Iran from the S-300, and now, to their enemy the Saudis, PR is about the supply of the S-400.
    What nafig friendship with the Persians?
    and the Arabs still won’t buy a triumph ...
    1. Kenxnumx
      Kenxnumx 11 October 2017 19: 54 New
      Iran got its s-300
      1. tforik
        tforik 11 October 2017 20: 01 New
        Many years later. Iran was greatly offended by the Russian Federation for this.
        1. Kenxnumx
          Kenxnumx 11 October 2017 23: 09 New
          Nothing. We forgive them.
  6. knn54
    knn54 11 October 2017 19: 43 New
    I wonder what will happen to Al-Nusra? But we can say one thing, the S400 is more reliable than the guarantees of the Yankees ...
  7. Morrrow
    Morrrow 11 October 2017 19: 56 New
    How many missiles intercepted the S-400?
    1. tforik
      tforik 11 October 2017 20: 01 New
      They are not delivered yet?))) Why?
    2. Shahno
      Shahno 11 October 2017 20: 20 New
      Yes, it seems nothing intercepted the complex. In a combat setting. Could intercept f-16, f-35 but hesitated. “Kipat Barzel” intercepted.
      1. _Jack_
        _Jack_ 11 October 2017 20: 48 New
        do not say stupid things, we are not fighting there with the USA, with Israel too, if there is an attack on our planes as with the Turks (but this is unlikely), it will intercept
  8. Zina389
    Zina389 11 October 2017 21: 31 New
    In my opinion, the whole point is not in missiles, but in the general, so to speak, trend. Russia has taken the right position over the confrontation in the Middle East. It is optimal to have business relations with all major centers of power, and let them go to Moscow and complain about each other. Both the oil market and the final reconciliation in Syria continue to depend on the Saudis. Well, replenish the treasury)
    1. LAWNER
      LAWNER 12 October 2017 02: 10 New
      The United States also took a position Over the confrontation and it ended badly. The barons stopped going to the king. To influence the situation, you need to be in the thick of things. trade and not war.
      The Hussites will finish off with the attacks of MEKKI! Do not let Allah get! The whole Islamic world will declare their enemies .... And those who help them, then Iran will definitely "not shine, become the Lamp of Islam"
      Yes, and Muslims. ... if they like a child pick up their favorite toy, they will begin to break the toys of other children. I apologize for exaggerating.
      In short .... with the help of a small country, you can burn the whole world.
  9. Magua
    Magua 12 October 2017 04: 51 New
    At first they themselves bombed the Hussites and now they complain ..
  10. Maalkavianin
    Maalkavianin 12 October 2017 09: 56 New
    So they acquire Western systems, don't they? Even the news was the other day.
  11. Servisinzhener
    Servisinzhener 12 October 2017 14: 31 New
    So far, all these contracts are with Saudi Arabia and with Turkey more speculative Wishlist. And the desire to cause "jealousy" in the United States. While there was no export, even to China, which was the first comer.
  12. Atlant-1164
    Atlant-1164 15 October 2017 00: 03 New
    By such methods, a huckster who shoves everyone in a row and that’s all ... we’ll not only have partners and friends. but also what is lost. for example, Azerbaijan-Armenia, China-India, Iran-Saudi Arabia, plus bother Turkey. there is no work on the front. There is a task to cut down the loot. it is a short-sighted policy. one day we will become all enemies.