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Saudi Arabia announced the interception of a ballistic missile

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The Saudi military command reports that a ballistic missile was shot down by the Saudi Arabian air defense crew. The message says that the missile was fired from the territory of Yemen by a group of Houthis (Ansar-Allah). One of the cities of Saudi Arabia was chosen as the target for the rocket.


This is the second message from the Saudi command about the interception of Houthi missiles in a week. On Thursday, a statement was made that air defense missiles had intercepted two ballistic missiles and an explosives drone from the Ansar Allah group.
Previously, the Houthis made repeated attempts to attack the territory of the kingdom with missiles and kamikaze drones. And several such attempts for the Houthis were crowned with success. One of the most resonant strikes was the blow to the infrastructure of the Saudi Aramco oil company.

Meanwhile, the Al-Masira TV channel, which is controlled by Ansar Allah, says that aviation the Saudi coalition struck a blow at Yemen. The target of this strike was a fuel storage facility at one of the factories. The airstrike damaged several storage tanks for gasoline and diesel fuel.

It should be recalled that the Saudi army, as part of the coalition, has been operating in Yemeni territory for over 5 years. In Riyadh, they say they are supporting the legitimate government of Yemen. At the same time, the Houthis are demanding that the Saudi troops leave the territory of Yemen and stop supporting the corrupt regime.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 17 August 2020 07: 19
    -10 qualifying.
    Yes, American air defense systems are gradually gaining combat experience.
    Good luck, bad luck, but in general all the best and the best.
    1. Professor
      Professor 17 August 2020 07: 24
      -2
      Not systems, but calculations. Moreover, the Arab calculations.
      1. Victor_B
        Victor_B 17 August 2020 07: 43
        +5
        Quote: Professor
        Not systems, but calculations. Moreover, the Arab calculations.

        Well, when Saddam shot Scuds at Israel, the Jewish / American calculations were smeared for nothing!
        The same Patriots. (Of course, not at all like that, if the Americans called the complexes by our method, then there were already Patriot-400, Patriot-500, and maybe 600)
        1. Aaron Zawi
          Aaron Zawi 17 August 2020 08: 30
          -2
          Quote: Victor_B

          Well, when Saddam shot Scuds at Israel, the Jewish / American calculations were smeared for nothing!
          The same Patriots. (Of course, not at all like that, if the Americans called the complexes by our method, then there were already Patriot-400, Patriot-500, and maybe 600)

          In the same sense? More than 30 years have passed. Do you think that nothing has changed?
          1. Pereira
            Pereira 17 August 2020 09: 07
            +1
            Hasn't changed much.
            Those who know how to work with a slide rule have retired. They were replaced by those who grew up on computer games. This is yes. But this is from both sides.
        2. Mikhail Ya2
          Mikhail Ya2 17 August 2020 08: 42
          +1
          They did, even though those Patriots were air defense, not missile defense. The problem was that large remains of missiles (both) fell on cities
        3. bobwings
          bobwings 17 August 2020 08: 46
          0
          In 91, the Patriots were not yet in service with the IDF. The Americans then used their divisions and crews in Israel. The situation was similar in the Gulf countries.
          And even then they smeared relatively little, the main damage was from the debris of intercepted missiles.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 17 August 2020 17: 04
            0
            In 91, there were a lot of misses. I myself saw this from a hill in Samaria.
            It could be seen perfectly at night.
            Two batteries fired at Scud. First, the first - two or three missiles.
            If they missed (self-destructed in the air), then the second entered
            battery. Sometimes they shot down right "over the rooftops", sometimes they missed.
            But this was the first "anti-aircraft" generation of Patriots.
            His only software was slightly tweaked against BR
      2. Parsec
        Parsec 17 August 2020 11: 02
        0
        Quote: Professor
        Not systems, but calculations. Moreover, the Arab calculations.


        Were you present at the command post during the launches?
        But sculpt confidently.
    2. Mikhail Ya2
      Mikhail Ya2 17 August 2020 07: 29
      0
      I write about etlm in every comment about the failure of "Patriots". The media love to discuss failures, and successful interceptions go quietly.
      1. BARKAS
        BARKAS 17 August 2020 08: 09
        +7
        The missiles were intercepted, it means that the Houthis were shooting if they had not intercepted and the missiles reached the target, then again Iran was to blame for everything.
    3. KCA
      KCA 17 August 2020 07: 33
      +4
      How the Patriots miss the shot was filmed and shown on TV, how the Patriot missile, having changed its mind about shooting down an enemy missile, decided to return home, also filmed and shown, I would like to see if not hitting a ballistic missile (probably the newest, super SCUD complex sample 1962), then at least the remnants of the shot down missile or its warhead
      1. Mikhail Ya2
        Mikhail Ya2 17 August 2020 08: 50
        -1
        This is 1991. Old Patriot systems intercept Iraqi scuds
        https://youtu.be/LlOi6Gl25Lg
        1. KCA
          KCA 17 August 2020 09: 21
          0
          What does 1991 have to do with it? I'm talking about today's news
          1. Mikhail Ya2
            Mikhail Ya2 17 August 2020 17: 16
            0
            Below is a video from CA. And the first Patriots were purely air defense, and for lack of a better, were used against the Scuds. And this gave impetus to the development of missile defense systems.
        2. Sidor Amenpodestovich
          Sidor Amenpodestovich 17 August 2020 11: 06
          +1
          Wikipedia data
          According to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the Patriots, despite the overrun of interceptor missiles (including the case with 28 units per target, managed to intercept no more than 20% of the missiles launched by the Iraqis [

          17 P-47s were produced, 158 anti-missiles.
          Moreover, 8k14 were produced from 1958 to 1961.
        3. Parsec
          Parsec 17 August 2020 11: 56
          0
          Hearings in the US Congress.

          "Official estimates of the number of Patriot Scuds killed in the war fell from 100 percent during the war, to 96 percent in Congressional testimony after the war, to 80 percent, 70 percent, and the Army now estimates that as many as 52 percent of the Scuds were killed, but in Overall, there is a strong belief that the Patriot has destroyed 25 percent of the Scud warheads fired.
          An independent audit of evidence to substantiate the allegations of the army shows that, using its own methodology and evidence of the army, it is highly likely that the Patriots were only in 9 percent of the fired Scud missiles, and there are serious questions about these few hits. It is possible that the Patriots hit more than 9 percent, however, the evidence supporting these claims is even weaker.

          The speed of the Scud missiles, the limitations of the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, as well as the malfunctions and maintenance difficulties caused by the destruction of the Scud missiles upon entering the atmosphere, seem to have contributed to a large number of unsuccessful firing.

          Patriot missiles are not designed to undermine warheads in a collision with a target; thus, explosions in the sky were an unreliable indicator of success for both troops and the public. The system also cannot determine whether the Patriot missile actually hit the intended target. It can only determine that the warhead exploded near the calculated point in the space where the target should be, and give a signal "likely defeat", or that the missile missed and, therefore, exploded for self-destruction.

          However, these figures are inaccurate. Many of the targets turned out to be fragments of poorly modified Scuds that collapsed in flight. At least 45 percent of the 158 Patriot missiles launched during the war were fired at debris or false targets.

          Even for normally guided Patriot missiles, a warhead should be detonated a few meters from the Scud in order to achieve a high probability of hitting a target, according to the statements of the troops. However, the Patriot missile fuse can fire at a distance six times greater than required. As a result, the probability of hitting the target is extremely low or zero at all, but the computer will still record the shooting as “probably hit,” according to the army.

          In addition to the “probably struck” signal and other escort data, the army’s assessment relies heavily on reports of land damage. In each case of Scud missile damage, allegedly, the lack of destruction on the ground is cited as evidence of the Patriot's success. However, intelligence officials who collected many of these reports from the military during the war say the reports are unconfirmed, contradictory, erroneous, and misleading. Many Scuds claimed to be destroyed actually fell into the desert, at sea, or in sparsely populated areas.

          Approx. The Scud missile also refers to the Al Hussein missile. "

          Source: Activities of the House Committee on Government Operations
          One Hundred Second Congress
          First and Second Sessions, 1991 - 1992
          Report 102-1086, pages 179-188
          Performance of the Patriot Missile in the Gulf War.
          http://www.turnerhome.org/jct/patriot.html
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 17 August 2020 17: 08
            +1
            "She can only determine that the warhead exploded near the calculated point in space where the target should be, and give a signal" probable defeat "////
            ---
            This exactly applies to the S-300 / S-400 when firing at a ballistic missile.
            A large BR can only be guaranteed to be destroyed by a direct hit,
            kinetic impact.
      2. Mikhail Ya2
        Mikhail Ya2 17 August 2020 09: 00
        0
        But fresh in CA
        https://youtu.be/LbaV4CRPWf4
    4. Cyril G ...
      Cyril G ... 17 August 2020 09: 34
      +1
      Not wrong. If the Houthis missed even a meter past a possible target, then the missile was shot down
    5. Charik
      Charik 18 August 2020 16: 56
      -1
      And where is it written, what was intercepted
  2. seregatara1969
    seregatara1969 17 August 2020 07: 35
    0
    Intercepted with what? Or just shot down?
  3. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 17 August 2020 07: 54
    +1
    Saudi Arabia announced the interception of a ballistic missile
    Intercepted and escorted? recourse
  4. RUnnm
    RUnnm 17 August 2020 08: 13
    +3
    And it seems to me that we should start with another question - "Was there a boy?"
  5. kombat1976
    kombat1976 17 August 2020 09: 01
    +1
    Alternatively, Israeli-made air defense systems
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 17 August 2020 09: 09
    +1
    I think, given the level of modern electronics, when a camera is in every phone, such news could be confirmed by a video image, but for now these are only rumors that there was an attack and that something was shot down somewhere
  7. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 17 August 2020 10: 04
    0
    the Saudi army as part of the coalition has been operating in Yemeni territory for over 5 years
    And he will fight for a long time, bearing losses. To fight the Houthis is not to do acrobatics in parades. Perfectly armed with modern weapons, the "army" gets in the teeth from barefoot fighters, but well motivated. It is not enough to have modern weapons, you must have a strong spirit and will to win.
  8. AML
    AML 17 August 2020 10: 07
    0
    Quote: seregatara1969
    Intercepted with what? Or just shot down?

    Exactly. On a thread, people write about the Patriot, in the article not a word about it. If there were a patriot, there would be 100 comments of joyful Whigs. Maybe they intercepted them from a slingshot.
    Well, it's a ballistic one, the one that scratches at altitudes of 100 + km. In general, as it has recently been on VO - an article is trash.
  9. iouris
    iouris 17 August 2020 11: 49
    0
    Great. And if three at once?
    1. Cananecat
      Cananecat 17 August 2020 12: 50
      -1
      And what if four and the first two are blown up at once? )))
      1. Parsec
        Parsec 17 August 2020 13: 20
        0
        Quote: Canecat
        And what if four and the first two are blown up at once? )))


        You are shy and greedy.

        Jews, over there, 28 Patriot SAMs fired at one target. Blurred the line between anti-aircraft missile forces and anti-aircraft artillery, at least in terms of ammunition consumption. (1 unit of Patriot missiles 4 ... 6 million dollars).

        https://youtu.be/7ys0Nt0kn9k - Саудиты 23 ракеты ERINT по одной баллистической цели тем же Патриотом.
        Probably impressed by the MLRS.
  10. Old26
    Old26 17 August 2020 13: 26
    +2
    Quote: Victor_B
    Yes, American air defense systems are gradually gaining combat experience.
    Good luck, bad luck, but in general all the best and the best.

    As of 2020, the Saudis are intercepting approximately 70% of ballistic missiles launched. Quite a decent percentage, given the focal nature of the formation of the KSA air defense

    Quote: Victor_B
    Well, when Saddam shot Scuds at Israel, the Jewish / American calculations were smeared for nothing!
    The same Patriots. (Of course, not at all like that, if the Americans called the complexes by our method, then there were already Patriot-400, Patriot-500, and maybe 600)

    Do not forget that 30 years ago the Patriots were different and were mainly adapted to intercept aerodynamic targets, like the first versions of the S-300. And then they got the "Patriot" PAC-1, and PAC-2, and PAC-2MSE, and PAC-3 (maybe what modifications I did not name). Everything changes. Moreover, between the events of 3 decades ...

    Quote: Parsec
    Were you present at the command post during the launches?
    But sculpt confidently.

    Information about 250 interceptions of Houthi missiles by Saudi air defense forces known? Who do you think carried out all these launches? Americans? Or maybe aliens? The professor is right. Arabs are gaining experience ...

    Quote: BARKAS
    The missiles were intercepted, it means that the Houthis were shooting if they had not intercepted and the missiles reached the target, then again Iran was to blame for everything.

    There is material on the net called "missile war in Yemen". It provides information on 250 (minimum) cases of interceptions. About 70% of which are successful. So both successes and failures are reported. And in principle Iran is to blame. For the Houthis are firing Iranian missiles, which they assemble from vehicle kits supplied by Iran. Some of this smuggling is intercepted, but not all.

    Quote: KCA
    I would like to see if not hitting a ballistic missile (probably the newest, super SCUD complex of the 1962 model), then at least the remnants of a shot down missile or its warhead

    Well, with a strong desire, you can find such photos on the network. And SCADs have not been used for a long time. Even Iran has not had them for a long time. Your crafts
  11. YOUR
    YOUR 18 August 2020 07: 39
    0
    Houthis and ballistic missile are not compatible concepts. Most likely, the S-75 air defense missile system was launched again. Or a gas cylinder.
  12. Old26
    Old26 18 August 2020 15: 15
    +2
    Quote: YOUR
    Houthis and ballistic missile are not compatible concepts. Most likely, the S-75 air defense missile system was launched again. Or a gas cylinder.

    In addition to the S-75 (more precisely, the Iranian Tondar-68 missile), the Yemenis and Burkana also have several modifications.