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2019-09-20 Arabia
Pompeo downplays failure of US patriot missiles in Saudi Arabia
It really helps if you turn them on beforehand, guys. To be fair, the Syrians have the same problem with their S-300 system, a gift from their fraternal friends, the USSR Russia.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Missile defense systems all over the world sometimes fail to demonstrate the intended result, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said, when asked by a news hound why Saudi troops, armed with US-made Patriot missile defense systems, failed to repel the recent drone attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities.

"We’ve seen air defense systems all around the world have mixed success," the Department of State press service quoted Pompeo as saying upon his arrival to Jeddah. "Some of the finest in the world don’t always pick things up. We want to work to make sure that infrastructure and resources are put in place such that attacks like this would be less successful than this one appears to have been."

The US top diplomat lashed at rumors that the attack on Saudi Aramco oil facilities was a result of US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program.

The facilities of the Saudi Aramco oil company in the east of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
were attacked by ten drones in the early hours of September 14. In particular, the world’s biggest oil refinery near the city of Abqaiq and a refinery near Khurais, where Saudi’s second largest oil field is located, came under the attack. The attacks sparked fires at 13 facilities.

...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
i Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
rebels from the Ansar Allah movement grabbed credit for the incident. Washington claimed that the Iranian government had played a role in the attack. Tehran strongly dismissed those accusations as baseless.

Posted by Fred 2019-09-20 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [250 views ]  Top
 File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia 

#1 The infamous last SCUD strike that took out a NG unit in the First Gulf War occurred when the Patriot battery was beyond its reset limit. The Patriot system was designed to take out aircraft not missiles but an initiative by someone in the Senate funded the program. It was basically the first mark 1 fielding of the system in the anti-missile role with software that hadn't been 'proofed'.

Like the Periwinkle Master said, doesn't help if you don't turn it on.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-09-20 08:02||   2019-09-20 08:02|| Front Page Top

#2 It all depends... Against low-flying drones some of the old Soviet Sam-6/ZSU-23 "Shrilka" systems would probably do just as well and for far less $$$s. Using a Patriot at a drone is like killing flies by firing silver dollars at it out of a shotgun.
Posted by magpie 2019-09-20 13:50||   2019-09-20 13:50|| Front Page Top

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