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Saudi Buys Russia’s S-400 Anti-Aircraft Missile Systems


Russia has agreed to supply Saudi Arabia with a range of sophisticated modern weapons including S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Monday.

“An agreement has been reached with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the supply of S-400 air defense systems,” spokeswoman Maria Vorobyova was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

Russia will also supply Saudi Arabia with Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, Buratino TOS-1 heavy flamethrower systems, AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles, Vorobyova said.

She did not provide the volume or the value of the possible deals.

During the visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Russia last week, deals worth at least 2.1 billion U.S. dollars were signed, according to a Kremlin statement.

Russia’s Rosoboron export state arms exporter and the Saudi Military Industries Corporation signed a contract for the licensed production of Kalashnikov AK-103 and cartridges in Saudi Arabia, as well as a memorandum on the purchase of Russian military products and localization of their production.

No details about the two deals were disclosed.

The S-400 is Russia’s most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of missiles capable of destroying targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.

Last month Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defense systems.

The Saudis in addition have also agreed to buy the US Thaad missile Defence systems at a cost of $15 billion.

Credit: Newsquest


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