Russia, Saudi Arabia Agree on S-400, Other Weapons Deliveries

Posted October 10, 2017

Contacts between Moscow and Riyadh over the supplies of Russian S-400 air defense systems to Saudi Arabia have achieved a very good preliminary result, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. "The contacts over implementing this deal have been very positive", TASS quoted Peskov as saying.

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.

The transaction covers the delivery of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launchers, 360 interceptor missiles, 16 fire control and communications mobile tactical station groups and seven AN/TPY-2 radars.

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.

The main USA contractors who will profit from the sale are aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's space systems division and defense contractor Raytheon.

Saudi Arabia and the United States are highly critical of what they consider Iran's aggressive behaviour in the Middle East.

"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a friendly country", the statement read.

Officials told AFP that the sale, which can go ahead if the US Congress does not object within 30 days, should be seen as part of an overall $110 billion arms package that President Donald Trump promised the Saudi kingdom during a visit in May.

"THAAD's exo-atmospheric, hit-to-kill capability will add an upper-tier to Saudi Arabia's layered missile defence architecture".

DSCA noted that adopting THAAD weapons will help increase Saudi Arabia's capacity to defend against potential ballistic missiles and other regional threats.