Russia Signs S-400 Missiles Deal With Saudi Arabia

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

The deal includes contracts to purchase Russian advanced S-400 air defence systems, the Kornet Anti-Tank Missile systems, TOS-1 A rocket launchers, IGS-30 grenade launchers and AK- 103 Kalashnikov machine guns, Saudi Press Agency, SPA reported.

When asked about fears that Saudi Arabia could use the S-400 system against Iran, a Russian ally, Peskov said Moscow's decision to offer the missiles to Riyadh was not aimed at any third party.

The Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Monday that Russia and Saudi Arabia reached agreement on the supplies of S-400 systems to Riyadh.

XAutoplay: On | OffLate Friday, the State Department OK'd a possible $15 billion sale of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles from Lockheed.

The THAAD - Terminal High Altitude Area Defence - missile system is used to defend against incoming missile attacks and "is one of the most capable defensive missile batteries in the USA arsenal and comes equipped with an advanced radar system", according to AFP.

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The State Department said it would advise Congress that, in Saudi hands, the system would act to stabilize the situation in the Gulf and help defend US forces in the region and their allies, who face a growing Iranian missile capability.

"This potential sale will substantially increase Saudi Arabia's capability to defend itself against the growing ballistic missile threat in the region".

The main US contractors who will profit from the sale are aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's space systems division and defense contractor Raytheon. "This visit is the beginning of strategic cooperation", al Harithi said.

Last week, Australia said it will outfit its new naval warships with Lockheed's Aegis air-defense system, which is also used by the USA and Japan and would help the three navies coordinate on missile-defense missions.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia concluded a deal worth billions of dollars with the USA.

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