DUBAI:

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US de­fense gi­ant Lock­heed Martin says the com­pany is de­liv­er­ing to Saudi Ara­bia its Pa­triot anti-mis­sile sys­tem and that the kingdom is on track to be­come the sec­ond in­ter­na­tional cus­tomer, af­ter the United Arab Emi­rates, to ac­quire its THAAD sys­tem.

Saudi Ara­bia is ag­gres­sively build­ing up mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties as ten­sions spike with Iran. It in­ter­cepted a mis­sile fired by Ye­men’s Shi­ite rebels at Riyadh ear­lier this month, the deep­est strike inside the kingdom since its forces went to war in Ye­men in 2015.

Re­ports sug­gested the kingdom may have used the Raytheon MIM-104 Pa­triot sys­tem to shoot the mis­sile down.

About 15 per­cent of US fed­eral agen­cies have re­ported some trace of Moscow-based Kasper­sky Lab soft­ware on their sys­tems, a Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity (DHS) of­fi­cial told Congress on Tues­day.

Jeanette Man­fra, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for cy­ber se­cu­rity at DHS, told a US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives panel that 94 per­cent of agen­cies had re­sponded to a di­rec­tive or­der­ing them to sur­vey their net­works to iden­tify any use of Kasper­sky Lab prod­ucts.

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