missile defense

  • Nov- 2017 -
    8 November
    Patriot missile launch

    Sweden seeks Patriot air defense system by 2025

    Sweden is to request the purchase of the Patriot medium-range air defense system from the United States, aiming to have it fully operational by 2025

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  • Oct- 2017 -
    9 October
    S-400 Triumf missile defense system

    Foreign minister: Turkey can back out of Russian S-400 deal without technology transfer

    Turkish authorities could annul the deal to purchase Russian S-400 air defense missile system if Moscow refuses to transfer technology, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. “We have heard no official refusal on that score. [Russia’s President Vladimir] Putin told us we may take steps for joint production. Know-how will be crucial. If Russia’s attitude is negative, we may clinch a deal with another country,” Mr. Cavusoglu said in an interview with Aksam. Turkey and Russia had largely agreed on conditions for the S-400 deal, worth some $2.5 billion, over the summer. However, the agreement was officially signed only in September, when Ankara made an advance payment. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian presidential aide for military and technical cooperation, said last month that Moscow and Ankara were not discussing technology transfer at the time. “We are not speaking about it, as yet we speak only about supplies of ready weapons, technologies – no,” he said. According to Kozhin, Turkey wants to see the systems delivered before 2019, and the issue is still under discussion. Russia’s S-400 Triumf long-and medium-range air defense missile system can use five different missile types to destroy aerial targets including both planes and other missiles at a range …

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  • 6 October
    THAAD missile launch

    US State Dept approves $15 billion THAAD missile defense sale to Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. Department of State approved on Friday, October 6 the possible sale of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launchers to Saudi Arabia worth $15 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a release. A State Department official told The Defense Post on Friday that the sale would further U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, since it supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region “in the face of Iranian and other regional threats.” “This sale, valued at up to $15 billion, is part of the $110 Billion package of defense equipment and services initially announced during the President’s May trip to Saudi Arabia,” the official added. The potential sale also includes 360 THAAD Interceptor Missiles, 16 THAAD Fire Control and Communications Mobile Tactical Station Group and seven AN/TPY-2 THAAD radars. Test and maintenance equipment, as well as spare parts and personnel training equipment are also included in the package. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation and Raytheon Corporation will be the principal contractors for the deal. The news of the potential sale came one day after Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense signed deals with Moscow to purchase Russia’s competing S-400 missile defense systems and other …

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  • 5 October
    Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

    Saudi Arabia to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems

    Saudi Arabia is to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems, Kornet anti-tank guided missiles, thermobaric rockets, grenade launchers and assault rifles.

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