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Saudi Arabia will receive from the US AIM-120 AMRAAM aircraft missiles to engage targets outside the line of sight

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In total, the national air force will receive 280 AIM-120C missiles as part of a $ 650 million arms deal.


The Pentagon has confirmed the consent of the State Department to supply missiles to Saudi Arabia.

The decision is made in response to a request from Riyadh to sell 280 improved AIM-120C-7 / C-8 (AMRAAM) medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) to hit targets outside the line of sight.

By giving its consent, the United States would be able to provide the Saudi Arabian Air Force with missiles and everything necessary for them - technical support, equipment and spare parts. Raytheon Technologies will be the main contractor for this order.

Washington postponed the deal


Earlier this year, the Biden administration suspended the deal indefinitely following a political decision to mitigate violence in Yemen, leading to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

The Riyadh deal was eventually approved in response to escalating violence over the past year by Houthi rebels linked to Iran.

- a spokesman for the State Department told the press.

The new missiles are planned to arm the Saudi fighters Eurofighter Typhoon, F-15C / D, F-15 and F-I5SA. The State Department spokesman also noted that modern missiles are effective against rebel UAVs, which threaten both the civilian population of Saudi Arabia and the American contingent deployed there.

At the same time, it is emphasized that missiles are not used to destroy ground targets. The official also noted that the sale "is fully in line with the State Department's pledge to pursue diplomatic work to end the conflict in Yemen, while providing Saudi Arabia with the means of defense against Iranian-backed Houthi airstrikes."

A step forward for the Saudi F-15


The deal fits well with the long-standing, albeit conflicting, defense interactions between the two countries. The United States has been supplying F-15s for the Saudi Arabian Air Force for a long time. In particular, in 2011, in line with this cooperation, Washington and Riyadh reached an agreement to supply the Saudis with fighters and weapons worth $ 30 billion.

This big deal included the supply of 84 F-15SA, the modernization of 70 fighters already in the Royal Air Force, as well as the supply of ammunition, spare parts, training of pilots and technical personnel, etc.
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  1. askort154
    askort154 6 November 2021 15: 41
    -5
    The show-offs of Arab sheikhs bathing in oil are endless.
  2. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 6 November 2021 15: 41
    -6
    missiles are effective against rebel UAVs

    Not expensive "gun" for such "sparrows"?
    1. Observer2014
      Observer2014 6 November 2021 16: 06
      +2
      Not expensive "gun" for such "sparrows"?
      Konstantin do you have any cheaper offers for their defense needs? Roll it out for viewing. And yes, they do not have money problems like in Russia. Nobody gets a pension of $ 150 there. For them, this weapon is not expensive. No. They don't want to anymore.
      By the way, there were very similar strikes on their factories as on our base in Khmeimim that there were in Syria. Don't you find similarities?
  3. knn54
    knn54 6 November 2021 16: 02
    +1
    For aircraft of the 4th generation, which can be detected at a distance greater than that of the fifth generation, such a missile is just right.
    1. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 6 November 2021 16: 20
      -2
      Quote: knn54
      For aircraft of the 4th generation, which can be detected at a distance greater than that of the fifth generation, such a missile is just right.

      And who will discover them? Are they going to fight with someone?
      1. knn54
        knn54 6 November 2021 17: 25
        +2
        Konstantin:
        -For example Iran.
        - We are talking about 4th generation fighters not only of the KSA Air Force.
        With such a missile, Pakistani F-15 shot down the MiG21 of the Indian Air Force
      2. onstar9
        onstar9 6 November 2021 17: 44
        0
        Quote: Jacket in stock
        For aircraft of the 4th generation, which can be detected at a distance greater than that of the fifth generation, such a missile is just right.

        And who will discover them? Are they going to fight with someone?

        Well, since the Saudis buy "over-the-horizon" missiles, it means that the Houthis have such means of detecting aircraft ... Iran, in an effort to crush Saudi Arabia, will give any weapon to the Houthis. And they have some kind of "Buki" and "Torah" ...
        1. Jacket in stock
          Jacket in stock 6 November 2021 17: 51
          0
          Quote: onstar9
          "Buki" and "Torah"

          And how will the Amrmams help against them?
          These are air-to-air missiles.
          The advertisement says that Houthi drones are good at shooting down.
    2. Volkof
      Volkof 6 November 2021 17: 19
      -4
      There is a problem in out-of-sight combat that has not yet been resolved, moreover, the problem has become more complicated! This is a reliable definition of the enemy, the "friend or foe" problem! The use of long-range missiles regularly led both pi_ndos and Jews to shoot down their planes!
      And for ground-based air defense, this is also relevant ... And the point is not in the technical reliability of the corresponding systems, but in the principle of their functioning, when information is entered into them every day. Any failure in the organization leads to incorrect identification of the aircraft, and in defining it as an enemy ... And the use of electronic warfare systems by the enemy increases the problems.
      Tales about super-secrecy of "friend or foe" systems are just a myth ... Secret codes for these systems ... And the tale of super-missiles with super-range does not always work ...
      1. onstar9
        onstar9 6 November 2021 17: 47
        0
        Quote: Volkof
        There is a problem in out-of-sight combat that has not yet been resolved, moreover, the problem has become more complicated! This is a reliable definition of the enemy, the "friend or foe" problem! The use of long-range missiles regularly led both pi_ndos and Jews to shoot down their planes!
        And for ground air defense, this is also relevant ...

        Yes, there is such a risk. And in every war it happens that "their own bullets in their own." Now what? Stop everything, by your grace? These are the costs of hostilities and no one is immune from this ...
        1. Volkof
          Volkof 6 November 2021 17: 55
          -1
          Are the lives of their soldiers the cost of military operations? .. By the way, there are ways to solve this problem as well. And this fits into the format of modern warfare. And this is not an omnipresent AI sucked out of a finger, which officials are forcing you like a magic mantra, hiding their stupidity and limitations ... They do not even know that AI is not a magic wand for fools, but something else ... Europeans need besides green energetics, toss in also AI! Then they, in general, the khan will come ...
          1. onstar9
            onstar9 6 November 2021 18: 00
            +1
            Quote: Volkof
            Are the lives of their soldiers the cost of military operations?

            Yes, you know, "the life of a soldier" is the most important cost of any military action, oddly enough ... Or are there other wars where there are no such "costs"?
            1. Volkof
              Volkof 6 November 2021 18: 15
              -5
              You are a little behind the times, as well as the Russian General Staff! Modern military operations remove soldiers from the battlefield, do not provide for direct contact with the enemy ... Gerasimov will probably lose his fortune from this phrase.
              He dresses a soldier in "Warriors", into the hands of "Strelets" and ... slaughter ... At the same time, their living and dead, his ACCS counts in real time, measures his pulse, counts cartridges ..., transmits stupid commands from warm rooms , not knowing where the enemy is after analyzing outdated data for several hours ...... I wonder how this helps to win? The Russian Army does not even have a concept of modern combined arms combat, they are stuck at the level of World War II ..
              1. I am not a robot
                I am not a robot 6 November 2021 19: 02
                +2
                but why, for example, are they modernizing tanks in the usa, testing new rifles, creating a new light tank, BMP (contact combat technique), etc. if: modern military operations remove soldiers from the battlefield, do not provide for direct contact with the enemy ... Lloyd Austin has this phrases, probably, the roof will go. The American army does not even have a concept of modern combined arms combat, they are stuck at the level of World War I.
      2. ja-ja-vw
        ja-ja-vw 6 November 2021 18: 09
        +1
        Quote: Volkof
        The use of long-range missiles regularly led both pi_ndos and Jews to shoot down their planes!

        I would love to read the examples
        1. Volkof
          Volkof 6 November 2021 18: 12
          -5
          Start with Yugoslavia and Iraq! Arab-Israeli wars ... Have you heard? Do you know how to use the Internet? Forward...
          1. The comment was deleted.
            1. Volkof
              Volkof 6 November 2021 23: 07
              -2
              For such inept and ...

              6 June
              Gazelle AH.1
              Serial number XX377, 656th Squadron, RAF
              On the night of 5/6 June, a helicopter transported two Royal Signal Corps soldiers from Darwin to Mount Pleasant. The transponder of the friend-or-foe identification system was disabled on it, and the 5th Infantry Brigade did not consider it necessary to warn anyone about the passage of their helicopter. In the Fitzroy area, it was spotted by the radar of the British destroyer Cardiff. The Gazelle was identified as an Argentine aircraft and was fired upon by two Sea Dart missiles in accordance with the rules in force for opening fire. All four soldiers on board were killed.
              Initially, the loss was attributed to the actions of the Argentines. The fact that the helicopter was shot down by "friendly fire" was officially recognized only following the results of the second investigation of the incident, conducted in 1986.

              http://artofwar.ru/p/ponamarchuk_e/text_0230.shtml
              you had to spend 5 minutes ...
              March 23, 2003 - "Tornado" GR.Mk.4A (13th squadron of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain). Shot down by the American Patriot air defense system, while returning from a combat mission. Both crew members were killed.

              April 2, 2003 - F / A-18C Hornet Block 46 (No. 164974, 195th US Navy Fighter-Bomber Squadron). Shot down by an American Patriot air defense system in the Karbala area. The pilot died.

              ...
              Wikipedia: List of Coalition Air Force casualties in the Iraqi War ....
              Sign up for a viewing ...
              1. ja-ja-vw
                ja-ja-vw 7 November 2021 16: 35
                0
                Quote: Volkof
                The transponder of the friend-or-foe identification system was disabled on it, and the 5th Infantry Brigade did not consider it necessary to warn anyone about the passage of their helicopter.

                contradicts the original
                Quote: Volkof
                There is a problem in out-of-sight combat that has not yet been resolved, moreover, the problem has become more complicated! This is a reliable definition of the enemy, friend or foe problem !

                what is the problem"? If
                Quote: Volkof
                On him the responder was disabled friend or foe identification systems

                Elderberries in the garden, and uncles in Kueva
                Quote: Volkof
                For such inept and ...

                Quote: Volkof
                you had to spend 5 minutes ...

                You are some kind of dodgy and slippery.
                You STATED
                Quote: Volkof
                The use of long-range missiles regularly led both pi_ndos and Jews to shoot down their planes!

                Why should I prove and seek confirmation of YOUR statement?
                Quote: Volkof
                http://artofwar.ru/p/ponamarchuk_e/text_0230.shtml

                Why do I need a link to "one grandmother said", and even a "fresh" domain with .ru?
                Helicopter IFF Transmitter was disabled because it interfered with the Rapier anti-aircraft missile system.

                read
                https://web.archive.org/web/20081125053424/http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/EF248AAE-5B25-4CB4-BE90-EE096980354B/0/boi_loss_gazellexx377.pdf
                How does this correlate with
                Quote: Volkof
                There is a problem in out-of-sight combat that has not yet been resolved, moreover, the problem has become more complicated! This is a reliable definition of the enemy, friend or foe problem !

                ?
                You would have Sharikov less complained and knocked to the moderator "Smirnov", but thought and read, but not this

                Quote: Volkof
                March 23, 2003 - "Tornado" GR.Mk.4A (13th squadron of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain).

                AND? Read
                Air Force General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC This Week that the electronic systems for identifying and distinguishing enemy and enemy aircraft were "not functioning."

                Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, said the likely cause of the crash was either that the plane did not emit a radio signal, identifying it as a friendly aircraft, or refusal of the "friend or foe" radio receiver batteries of the Patriot air defense system correctly "interpret" such a signal.

                The Patriot batteries initially worked in automatic mode .... In 99,9% of cases, the system worked normally, but twice - no, although there is some doubt as to whether the IFF of the Tornado GR 4 was functioning properly when it was shot down
                Quote: Volkof
                April 2, 2003 - F / A-18C Block 46 "Hornet" (number 164974, 195th

                fool
                as a result, the Pentagon began to suspect that the Patriot battery was to blame. US Central Command spokesman Former General Vincent Brooks said Iraqi surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles were fired in the area where the fighter was flying. This suggests that the Patriot could have fired at the Iraqi missile and instead hit the Hornet, or that the Iraqi missile could have hit the Hornet.


                April 2, 2003 - An American F / A-18 Hornet was struck, killing the pilot, while flying near Karbala, Iraq, leaving the Pentagon suspicious that a Patriot battery was responsible. US Central Command spokesman Brig. Gen. Vincent brooks said Iraqi surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles had been fired in the area where the fighter aircraft was flying. That suggests a Patriot might have been firing at an Iraqi missile and hit the Hornet instead, or that an Iraqi missile might have hit the Hornet.

                http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries23.html
                https://web.archive.org/web/20110113195624/http://www.pugwashgroup.ca/events/documents/2004/2004.04.29-Buckley.Dorn_open.letter.htm

                You give the impression of a narrow-minded, illiterate person, constantly changing shoes on the go, who does not remember what he stated earlier, and even demanding that the opponent prove by documentary the stupidity that you wrote. Are you not Sharikov?
                Complain to Smirnov more, it helps!
                Quote: Volkof
                The use of long-range missiles regularly led both pi_ndos and Jews to shoot down their planes!

                Quote: Volkof
                Start with Yugoslavia and Iraq! Arab-Israeli wars ... Have you heard?

                Do you use the word "regularly" with what you can master in the skull?
                We look
                Between March 19 and April 18, 2003 F / A-18 and other types of Naval TACAIR made a fantastic number of 5568 sorties, Overcoming enemy anti-aircraft artillery and anti-aircraft missile systems, bad weather and crowded skies to ensure the coalition victory in the shortest possible time. Through careful pre-war training, overwhelming air superiority and thoughtful tactics not a single naval aircraft was lost as a result of enemy actions. However, one naval pilot died in battle at the OIF and died tragically on his side.

                out of 5568 sorties, ONE was lost, and even then it is probably not for a reason
                Quote: Volkof
                a problem that has not yet been resolved, moreover, the problem has become more complicated!

                Huh?
                Are you definitely a sapiens species?
                Quote: Volkof
                Sign up for a viewing ...

                I haraktirized your actions (puddle, pants, etc.), for what I got banned. There is nothing more to say. Some dogs are called "hollow"! Do you know why?
                1. Volkof
                  Volkof 7 November 2021 20: 44
                  -3
                  Congratulations! And you work successfully with the Internet. Don't touch the aircraft, it's not yours! And so the progress is obvious ...
                  1. ja-ja-vw
                    ja-ja-vw 9 November 2021 12: 38
                    0
                    Quote: Volkof
                    And so the successes are obvious ...

                    .
                    homo sapiens you at least honored yourself for the sake of reducing your self-esteem!
                    We look

                    99% water, spam and Ukraine.
                    "aviator"
                    1. Volkof
                      Volkof 9 November 2021 15: 09
                      -3
                      Why reduce it? Moreover, to listen to advice from ridicule from anecdotes ...
  4. Sands Careers General
    Sands Careers General 6 November 2021 16: 31
    +1
    Funny situation))

    "Rakets bought - bought, fly bought - bought, hit the target with a buy? Nat, not a seller laughing
  5. Pavel57
    Pavel57 6 November 2021 17: 47
    0
    Quote: knn54
    Konstantin:
    -For example Iran.
    - We are talking about 4th generation fighters not only of the KSA Air Force.
    With such a missile, Pakistani F-15 shot down the MiG21 of the Indian Air Force

    Rather F-16. Pakistan does not have an F-15.
  6. Fedorov
    Fedorov 6 November 2021 18: 27
    0
    Tales about super-secrecy of "friend or foe" systems are just a myth ... Secret codes for these systems ... And the tale of super-missiles with super-range does not always work
    \
    It works and how. Even the old 12-frequency system works with Hurray. Not to mention the new one created after the hijacking of the Mig-25 to Japan. A suitcase with a block was carried on duty, accompanied by a secret officer. I don’t know now, I’m behind the times.
  7. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 6 November 2021 18: 38
    +4
    To fire on the UAV with such devices - show-offs at the level of lighting cigars from
    banknotes of 500 euros.
    But in general, a tried-and-true bauble has been in service for 20 years. Three dozen countries use it.
    Dodging such a thing flying on four swings is not an easy task.
    Nice cuts from photos and videos.
    (The voice-over is nasty, but Russian credits can be adjusted.)
  8. B1 Lanser
    B1 Lanser 6 November 2021 19: 29
    -1
    The Saudis are preparing for a big oil and gas war! The Pentagon reports on possible strikes against Iran at the turn of 2022/2023!
    1. spectr
      spectr 7 November 2021 11: 55
      0
      In this regard, the warming of relations between the United States and Russia looks logical. Everyone insists that they are against China, but in the end it will turn out that Iran will be salt, and China will not be able to help.