LOCK­HEED: RIYADH TO GET PA­TRIOT ANTI-MIS­SILE SYS­TEM

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

DUBAI: U.S. de­fense gi­ant Lock­heed Martin said 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 Houthi 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. Lock­heed Martin’s vice pres­i­dent of in­te­grated air and mis­sile de­fense, Tim Cahill, told re­porters at the Dubai Air Show Tues­day the com­pany is field­ing more re­quests than ever be­fore world­wide. –

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