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Army of Saudi Arabia: the military detachment of Wahhabism

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Saudi Arabia is the most influential state not only of the Arab, but of the entire Islamic world, since Islam originated on its territory and it is here that the main Islamic shrines - Mecca and Medina are located. The influence of Saudi Arabia is greatly enhanced due to the presence of huge reserves of oil and gas and, consequently, huge financial resources.


Due to the presence of huge financial resources, Saudi Arabia has created a formally very powerful armed forces (VS), although their actual combat effectiveness raises certain doubts (the Arab mentality, the hired recruitment principle and the general high standard of living of the royal subjects do not contribute to the desire to fight). The Saudi armed forces have five types (completely copying the structure of the USSR Armed Forces - the Strategic Missile Forces, the ground forces, the Air Force, the Air Defense Force, the Navy), not counting the National Guard.

Strategic missile forces include three missile bases (Al-Watah, Al-Sulayyul, Al-Jufayr), located in the south-west of the country. They have 10 – 12 mine launchers (PU) of Chinese medium range ballistic missiles (MRSD) DF-3А (the total number of missiles can reach 120). The DF-3А’s flight range is approximately 2,8 thousands of kilometers, that is, they can reach the Russian North Caucasus and the Lower Volga region. Officially it is believed that these MRBD carry the usual warhead (warhead), but initially they were created under the nuclear warhead. Saudi Arabia could acquire nuclear warheads either in China itself or in Pakistan.

Army of Saudi Arabia: the military detachment of Wahhabism


The ground forces of the armed forces of Saudi Arabia are complemented by the National Guard, which, in fact, is the personal guard of the king and is formed from representatives of the tribes and clans most loyal to him. They include the 21 brigade: three armored brigades of the ground forces; nine mechanized - five brigades of ground forces, four - the National Guard; eight light infantry: three - ground troops, five - the National Guard; one airborne ground forces.

The base for the tank fleet is the American 340 M11 / 2 Abrams, there are also 514 old American M603 and 320 French AMX-30, most of which are in storage. To replace the outdated M60А3 and АМХ-30, 800 is supposed to be purchased the newest German "Leopard-2А7".

There are up to a thousand BMPs (up to 600 French AMX-10Р, 400 American МNNUMX), as well as more than 2 thousand BTR - 5 American М1650, 113 French МNNXX Panar, to 300 Egyptian Fahd (Fahd) (in the case), to FHD (in the case,), to keep on the line, I use the Fahd (FWHD), I used the Fahd, I am using the Fahd, I am using the Fahd X3, I’m using the Fahd X100, I’m using the Fahd 3, I’m using the Fahd X1117, I’m using the Fahd X25, I’m using the Fahd X1120, I’m using the Fahd X2, I’m using the Fahd X579, I’m using the Fahd X150 of the French NXX Panhar National Guard: American IFV-810 XNUMX, Swiss Piran-XNUMX XNUMX, American V-XNUMX XNUMX (still XNUMX in storage).

In service is more than 500 ACS - 90 of French AU-F-1 and 100 of the newest wheel Caesar, 280 of American М109А1 / 2, 54 of Chinese PLZ-45 (all - 155 mm). Towed implements - 100 American МNNUMX and 101 М140 (including 102 in the National Guard) (50 mm), 105 English FH-72, 70 American М50, 114 М120 (including 198 in the National Guard), and American NNXX (58 М155 (including 115 in the National Guard), including the American МNNXX, 203 М700 (including the 72 in the National Guardian) M2 (XNUMX mm) (in storage). There are also up to XNUMX mortars and Astros XNUMX XNUMX Brazilian MLRS.

Military air defense includes 1000 MANPADS (500 American Red A and Stinger each) and 160 anti-aircraft guns. aviation It includes 11 AN-64A Apache combat helicopters, 70 multi-purpose and transport helicopters (six French AS365N, 15 American Bell-406CS, 12 S-70A-1, 37 UH-60A / L).

Air Force organizationally divided into nine wing. Armed there 41 new European fighter "Typhoon» (27 F2, 14 combat training T3; just supposed to buy 72 "Typhoon»), 152 American fighter F15 (62 C, 20 combat-capable D, 69 S, one SA , there will be another 83 SA), 82 British percussion aircraft Tornado IDS. Remain in the Air Force from 15 to 120 old American fighter F-5 (from ten to 83 E, from five to 37 training and combat F).

There are five US E-3A aircraft, 18 tankers (seven US-130H and KE-3A, four European A330MRTT, there will be two more), 68 transport aircraft, 118 training aircraft, 46 helicopters. A special kind of air force is the Royal Air Force, designed to carry members of the royal family. It includes 30 passenger aircraft and 11 helicopters.

Air defense is a separate from the air force type of the Saudi armed forces. It consists of six batteries of the American Patriot (96 PU), eight batteries of the American Advanced Hawk SAM (128 PU), near 600 short-range SAM (40 French Crotal and 141 Sahin, 400 American Avenger) ), 1000 MANPADS (500 American Red I, 500 French Mistral), 942 ZSU (92 American M163 (20 mm), 850 French AMX-30SA (30 mm)), 128 Swiss Anti-Zen-Air, 35 French AMX-XNUMXSA (XNUMX mm), XNUMX Swiss Anti-Zen-Air; .

The Navy has seven frigates of French construction (three types of Riyadh (Lafayette), four types of Madinah), four missile corvettes of the Badr type, nine missile boats of the Al-Siddik type, three British minesweepers of the type "Sandown".

Naval aviation incorporates 54 helicopters - 13 US Bell-406CS, six French AS365N, 15 AS565, 20 AS332F.

The Marines include two battalions, armed with 140 Spanish BMP-600P.

There are no foreign troops in Saudi Arabia.

The main potential adversary of Saudi Arabia is currently Iran, on the basis of which a very peculiar tacit alliance of the Wahhabi kingdom with the “Zionist entity”, that is, with Israel, emerged, where the hatred of Iran also reached a state of paranoia for a long time.


At the same time, Riyadh remains the main sponsor of the Syrian opposition, thanks to which Islamic radicals began to play a dominant role in it. However, in the spring of this year, Riyadh demanded that all his subjects fighting in Syria return home. Thus, the Saudis continue to "rake the rake." In 1980-s, they not only financed the struggle with the Soviet troops in Afghanistan, but also sent a significant number of their volunteers, who formed the basis of Al-Qaida. After returning home, these people began to fight with the Saudi authorities, whose way of life is very far from the puritan norms of Wahhabi Islam. Now the situation repeats. Of course, Riyadh continues to finance the fight against Assad, but wants to be overthrown by someone else. Additional problems for the kingdom may arise due to the "overflow" of the Syrian civil war in Iraq.

Likewise, it is precisely the Wahhabi evil empire that continues to stand behind the back of the Islamic militants in the Russian North Caucasus. In particular, in the course of both Chechen wars she was the main financier and supplier weapons for local militants. Now Arabian Wahhabism is beginning to penetrate actively into the Volga region, the Urals (into Tatarstan and Bashkiria) and into Western Siberia (especially into the “oil and gas” Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous districts). In this regard, Moscow’s domestic and foreign policy is surprising, to say the least. In particular, the fact that the Wahhabi form of Islam is still not banned in Russia and there is no ban on the activities of Islamic clerics who received education in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries has no explanation. There is either a completely blatant incompetence, or a direct betrayal.

The same can be said about the actual Russian-Saudi relations, where there are inexplicable attempts by Moscow to flirt with Riyadh and pretend that this is a normal country, and not a direct and open enemy. Quite “beyond the bounds of good and evil” there is regular serious discussion of the possibility of selling the latest weapons to a direct open enemy (for example, Tanks T-90S and even S-400 air defense systems!).

Finding intelligible explanations for this state of affairs is difficult. The most likely explanation, alas, is the simplest - the Saudis here are simply paying someone very well. In fact, it is well known that corruption is the main breeding ground for domestic terrorism. Perhaps not only grassroots.
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  1. provincial
    provincial 16 October 2015 14: 22 New
    +4
    A rich harvest will go to the IG.
    1. Engineer
      Engineer 16 October 2015 14: 31 New
      +7
      No, Saudi is one of the main sponsors of the IG.
      1. Aleks28
        Aleks28 16 October 2015 15: 04 New
        +5
        Quote: Engineer
        No, Saudi is one of the main sponsors of the IG.

        Few, are there any examples when their sponsors were devoured and not coughing?
        1. Talgat
          Talgat 16 October 2015 20: 50 New
          +3
          Yes, it would be nice if some bearded men (igil) devoured others (Saudis) - all of us would be calmer

          And as for the fighting efficiency of their bloated army, I will express doubts - yes, the count in modern technology is impressive, but Iran itself, if there weren’t the United States and the West behind the Saudis, would gladly have scattered these medieval obscurantists together with the Cathars and other emirates at once
          And even would have done without the help of Russia and China
          1. SALLAK
            SALLAK 16 October 2015 23: 44 New
            +2
            Yes, a pair of strategists would be enough ... They flew, they flew ... accidentally, the fall fell ... bang and the wilderness became a little bigger ... Well, maybe it would be more pleasant ... Well, I would apologize and that's all ... but there was silence and oil prices would ...
  2. Professor
    Professor 16 October 2015 14: 29 New
    13
    OK. Listed the composition of the Armed Forces, but what about the combat experience and (God forgive me) fighting spirit?
    1. Engineer
      Engineer 16 October 2015 14: 32 New
      +3
      like Hesbollah in 2006
    2. Hello
      Hello 16 October 2015 14: 46 New
      +7
      Quote: Professor
      OK. Listed the composition of the Armed Forces, but what about the combat experience and (God forgive me) fighting spirit?

      You mean the morale of the Saudis? In my opinion, it’s not very high and the reason for this is that they themselves have almost never fought everywhere, preferring a war of trust because they have everything in order with money.
      1. Vladimir 1964
        Vladimir 1964 16 October 2015 16: 30 New
        +1
        Quote: Hello
        You mean the morale of the Saudis? In my opinion, it’s not very high and the reason for this is that they themselves have almost never fought everywhere, preferring a war of trust because they have everything in order with money.


        Ilya, plus 90% of the Armed Forces of the hired type of manning, including non-Saudi citizens. What a high spirit! hi
        1. Hello
          Hello 16 October 2015 18: 11 New
          0
          Quote: Vladimir 1964
          Ilya, plus 90% of the Armed Forces of the hired type of manning, including non-Saudi citizens. What a high spirit!

          I agree. It is also worth considering the lack of experience in obtaining a large number of funerals, this adversely affects morale, and not for those trained at times wink
          1. Vladimir 1964
            Vladimir 1964 16 October 2015 18: 43 New
            +1
            Quote: Hello
            I agree. It is also worth considering the lack of experience in obtaining a large number of funerals, this adversely affects morale, and not for those trained at times


            Ilya, I completely agree. hi
    3. pilot8878
      pilot8878 16 October 2015 15: 07 New
      +1
      Quote: Professor
      But what about combat experience and (God forgive me) fighting spirit?

      As for the spirit, you can smell after meeting with a serious opponent, if there is anyone to sniff. laughing
      And experience is a business. Anyone who didn’t immediately leave for the spirit will quickly gain experience.
      1. Aroma77
        Aroma77 16 October 2015 15: 44 New
        +8
        So sniffed already in Yemen ..)
  3. A-Sim
    A-Sim 16 October 2015 14: 30 New
    +3
    Vitreous sand and wind above it ... if cho.
  4. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 16 October 2015 14: 34 New
    +4
    And now this misunderstanding, making frank “shoals” at every step, will also experience a palace coup. Weapons bought - mountains, and then who will fight? When less armed, but angry and hungry neighbors come close, close ...
  5. bmv04636
    bmv04636 16 October 2015 14: 39 New
    +4
    And they say the Hussites are already using ballistic missiles to bomb the Saudi airbases.
  6. company7777
    company7777 16 October 2015 14: 42 New
    +4
    Judging by the video, you’ll get rid of your pants at the sight of this army, but in reality it’s completely seam ...
  7. wild
    wild 16 October 2015 14: 54 New
    +7
    There is no fighting spirit there. Shots of the defeat by the Hussites of the Saudis show everything, total cowardice. However, like all the Arab army.
  8. Pensive
    Pensive 16 October 2015 14: 55 New
    +5
    It is high time to strike at the Saudi Islamic funds, centers, oil facilities. People (ordinary citizens, not ruling elites) have long been calling for this all over the world - in Russia, in Europe, in the USA. It's time to trample this reptile.
  9. Altona
    Altona 16 October 2015 14: 56 New
    +6
    The kingdom in a very uncomfortable desert, with complex infrastructure, with artificial oases and islands, cities with towers of glass, steel and concrete is already very fragile ... And deposits of powerful weapons imposed on the very limited intellectual and moral-volitional resources of soldiers, the weather is not will do ... The tactics of erasing the desert kingdoms have already been worked out - the creation of a no-fly zone by destroying the air force bases and air defense position areas with cruise missiles; blocking the fleet in harbors, then destroying land groups from the air by air, with impunity ...
  10. Aleks28
    Aleks28 16 October 2015 15: 02 New
    +9
    The main potential adversary of Saudi Arabia is currently Iran, on the basis of which a very peculiar tacit alliance of the Wahhabi kingdom with the “Zionist entity”, that is, with Israel, emerged, where the hatred of Iran also reached a state of paranoia for a long time.
    In the "allies" ... laughing
  11. tomsk
    tomsk 16 October 2015 15: 02 New
    +2
    poor Arabs ..! and are going to fight with such a disaster ?! it costs such a tank to fall under a direct shot of the Russian T-72 in Saudi Arabia, in the kotar, igil and usa mourning. I'm not talking about the T-90 with its missile shots ... Abrams - this is your Arabs kayuk !!!
  12. Rossiyanin
    Rossiyanin 16 October 2015 15: 03 New
    +4
    Quote: wild
    There is no fighting spirit there. Shots of the defeat by the Hussites of the Saudis show everything, total cowardice. However, like all the Arab army.

    What never happened!
  13. traveler
    traveler 16 October 2015 15: 12 New
    +2
    I don’t think that the Saudi military is worse than Iraqi or Egyptian.
    technically quite a serious force.
    and if you look at history, then the Saudis are one of the few Arabs who at one time more or less successfully opposed the Ottoman occupation, and even during the First World War, it was the Saudis who led the Arab uprising (under the leadership of the British). true it was 100 years ago.
  14. tomsk
    tomsk 16 October 2015 15: 12 New
    +1
    this is advertising ... they say guys join the us army and what comes back to your mothers, we are not to blame ... they went!
  15. raid14
    raid14 16 October 2015 15: 16 New
    +2
    It would not hurt to work in collaboration with Iran on Shiites living in the territory of Saudi Arabia in the provinces of Jizan, Najran and Asir on the subject of an alliance with the Hussites.
    1. Aleks28
      Aleks28 16 October 2015 15: 25 New
      +2
      Quote: raid14
      It would not hurt to work in collaboration with Iran on Shiites living in the territory of Saudi Arabia in the provinces of Jizan, Najran and Asir on the subject of an alliance with the Hussites.

      Barak Huseynovich, you are right !!!! Earn the second star? laughing +
  16. tomsk
    tomsk 16 October 2015 15: 18 New
    +1
    but in general I’ll say, ANOTHER NOT ONE PADLA RUSSIA DOES NOT WIN !!! this is especially true for the Baltic states and of course England and America. and get it across the ocean!
  17. tomsk
    tomsk 16 October 2015 15: 33 New
    0
    but about the chocolate maker and in general there is no question. yatstsenyuh let sniffs and burns gas from his Well ... what a trillion for the Crimea and for the Donbass? egg lost smell!
  18. ilyaches
    ilyaches 16 October 2015 16: 22 New
    +1
    "Saudi Arabia could acquire nuclear weapons either in China itself or in Pakistan."

    I think the Americans helped or can help.
  19. asadov
    asadov 16 October 2015 16: 44 New
    +1
    East is a delicate matter. We’ll wait and see what kind of fighters they are, as it is felt and they will be kneaded in the east.
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 16 October 2015 16: 57 New
      +5
      In fact, the morale of the Saudi army is extremely low, which it now proves in Yemen where the “barefoot” Husites, despite the latest weapons systems of the coalition, to put it mildly, strongly offend them. the only real force they have now is the Air Force and it is not known how it would behave if the Hussites had the means to defeat it. By the way, they recently "lit up" the ancient MANPADS Strela.
      1. JACTUS RECTUS
        JACTUS RECTUS 16 October 2015 18: 53 New
        +3
        The Hussites recently shot down an Arab coalition plane.
  20. Kyrgyz
    Kyrgyz 16 October 2015 17: 14 New
    -2
    When intervening in other countries, of course, the Saudis do not want to die, but when they invade them, they think they will behave differently, and as if the Shiites were not limited in their rights in Saudi Arabia, they are not poor and would prefer the status of squaw to freedom similar to Iraq or Libya. Security cooperation with Israel is a smart pragmatic move. We also have few friends, but for the sake of security, we can also cooperate with the Saudis.
    By the way, the characteristic of Israel in the article gives the author bias.
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 16 October 2015 17: 43 New
      +4
      Quote: Kyrgyz
      By the way, the characteristic of Israel in the article gives the author bias.

      C'mon, a bunch of Israel and the Wahhabis of the SA have long been known and there is nothing to hide.
      Quote: Kyrgyz
      When intervening in other countries, of course, the Saudis do not want to die, but when they invade them, they think they will behave differently,

      The fact is that the army in the SA is mostly hired except for the Air Force and officers and mainly non-SA citizens serve in it.
      1. Kyrgyz
        Kyrgyz 16 October 2015 19: 42 New
        +1
        Iran is their common enemy, the tactical alliance is logical and the enemy is strong, but we don’t have much to do with it, Syria cares about us, and then let their fights continue to give them many reasons to dislike each other, and we can’t reconcile them, if not it will change with the benefits or opportunities, it will be possible to consider, but now it’s just a given that corresponds to their interests and does not strongly affect ours, Israel will definitely not give the IS’s help and will certainly not marry the interest of the SA, it will follow its interests and will hardly follow the promises of the Arabs in whatever
      2. Pissarro
        Pissarro 16 October 2015 20: 47 New
        0
        The fact is that the army in the SA is mostly hired except for the Air Force and officers and mainly non-SA citizens serve in it.


        It would have been half the trouble, the rank and file and sergeant were recruited from the border tribes of Saudi Arabia and had no desire to beat the related tribes of Yemen. At the same time, Hussite DRGs walk around the rear as at home, talking with the Shiites of Saudi Arabia. That is the first independent Saudi company showed the complete failure of the idea of ​​building an army on a territorial and mercenary basis, which the Europeans figured about two hundred years ago. For Iran, with its mobilities and military experience of the great war, the Saudis are not an adversary at all, although they consider themselves to be a counterweight to the Gulf in Iran
    2. Mama_Cholli
      Mama_Cholli 16 October 2015 19: 42 New
      0
      Quote: Kyrgyz
      When intervening in other countries, of course, the Saudis do not want to die, but when they invade them, they think they will behave differently, and as if the Shiites were not limited in their rights in Saudi Arabia, they are not poor and would prefer the status of squaw to freedom similar to Iraq or Libya. Security cooperation with Israel is a smart pragmatic move. We also have few friends, but for the sake of security, we can also cooperate with the Saudis.
      By the way, the characteristic of Israel in the article gives the author bias.

      Not convinced ...
  21. komel
    komel 16 October 2015 17: 42 New
    +3
    In my opinion, the Saudis have money with which the United States essentially operates. It is they who are interested in cashing out money for military purchases in their country. Arms were bought enough to wage war. However, the operation in Yemen showed that the mere presence of modern weapons could not win the war quickly, and the samples from Korea and Iran for less money in capable hands present serious resistance. Also, the political environment of the Saudis attracts attention. The war in Yemen, the support of the Jiadists and the fallen oil require money from the piggy bank in the United States. In a real war with Iran, the Saudis will have financial and military failure, despite new weapons and a US alliance. Propaganda of jihadist statements and support for terrorism should be discussed and thwarted at the UN.
  22. Mama_Cholli
    Mama_Cholli 16 October 2015 19: 35 New
    +1
    Strong article with the right conclusions.
  23. Gunther
    Gunther 16 October 2015 20: 26 New
    +1
    The main potential opponent of Saudi Arabia is currently Iran, on the basis of which a very peculiar the unspoken alliance of the Wahhabi kingdom with the "Zionist entity", that is, with Israelwhere hatred of Iran has also long reached a state of paranoia.

    Good, interesting article.
    Plus to the author.
  24. Coboklo
    Coboklo 18 October 2015 14: 47 New
    0
    Fighters, EKLMN! Let us recall the first Arabs' war in Egypt with Israel, when the Jews spread them during a prayer service.
    Interestingly, one aircraft carrier Chaynov enough to smash their "Zarnitsa" in a week?
    In our ability to do this in a day, no one doubts.