Weapons of victory: What the drone attack on the Saudis showed

The extremely successful attack carried out by the Yemeni Hussites on the oil-producing infrastructure of Saudi Arabia not only raised the quotes of “black gold”, but also posed an important question. How realistically are the richest countries in the world protected from their poor neighbors who have nothing to lose?




On the night of September 14, several UAVs and, possibly, cruise missiles flew into the airspace of one of the largest oil producers in the world and, with surgical accuracy, hit an oil refinery and the most important field in the Kingdom. The damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars, oil production declined, its quotations on the world market jumped sharply. The drone attack was Yemen’s response to military aggression from Riyadh.

A logical question arises, why was one of the richest countries in the world, Saudi Arabia, unable to protect the main source of its wealth from the “barefoot rebels”? This is all the more interesting because the Saudi are armed with American Patriot air defense systems.

Experts attribute the incident to the fact that Riyadh did not tritely expect this from Yemenite Hussites. Kingdom air defense covers directions critical of the "systemic" adversary: ​​Israel, Iran, and now Qatar. Also, the "Patriots" must ensure the security of the capital of Saudi Arabia. Drones and rockets flew, taking into account terrain features, at night. It is reported that wreckage of UAVs was discovered in the desert, that is, something was nevertheless shot down, but most of the drones and missiles were “missed” by the Kingdom’s radars and American AWACS E-3A AWACS aircraft.

Of course, now Riyadh will not stint on the layered air defense system of its oil infrastructure and will already be on the alert. But in fact, this means the need for multi-billion dollar investment in air defense due to the risks from the “cheap” UAVs. And this is a serious problem for everyone.

Development today of technologies and the availability of components allows you to rivet drones literally on your knee and successfully use them. The war in Iraq and Syria showed how the militants of the ISIS banned in Russia got the hang of adapting artisanal UAVs for bombing and destroying enemy regular army equipment. The Russian air base in Khmeimim is constantly attacked by terrorist drones, which are shot down with the help of electronic warfare systems and the Pantsir-S air defense missile system. By the way, a single launch of the “Shell” missile costs the budget several orders of magnitude more expensive than the cost of a drone assembled by terrorists.

The war on the depletion of resources in Syria is clearly not in our favor. Also, billions of dollars will have to be laid out by Saudi Arabia to fight the “cheap" Hussite drones. Today, China has become one of the leaders in the development and production of UAVs, one of the first to understand the market's prospects. Firing a cannon at a sparrow is inefficient. The military-industrial complex urgently needs a practical and inexpensive response.
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  1. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 17 September 2019 15: 17
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    -Well, well .. -China is lucky again ...- Now the rich Saudis will begin to buy in batches the Chinese from air defense and other means of defense ...
    -And China will sell all this at a much lower price than Russia ...- And the effectiveness of Chinese weapons is about the same as Russian ...
    -And Turkey would buy all this from the Chinese, but Turkey receives Russian weapons for free, i.e. for free, therefore, Turkey is quite happy with such a situation (still ... it wouldn’t suit it) ...
    1. Wooh Offline
      Wooh (Barmaley) 18 September 2019 08: 11
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      Turkish arms to Russia are free, i.e. for free

      Here from here and before dinner I will ask for facts.
      stop
      1. gorenina91 Offline
        gorenina91 (Irina) 18 September 2019 08: 35
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        - Walk hungry (without lunch) ... - they feed the wolf ... - Look for the facts yourself and make sure ... - All this is quite accessible and lying “right on the road” ...
        1. Pishenkov Offline
          Pishenkov (Alexey) 18 September 2019 16: 23
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          ... the price of gas and transit mean ??? ...
  2. Bitter Offline
    Bitter (Gleb) 17 September 2019 22: 32
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    The military-industrial complex urgently needs a practical and inexpensive response.

    The military-industrial complex is still smoking on the sidelines, unless of course we consider all this as a banal-global business project.
    First of all, decisive action on the part of politics is required.
  3. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 18 September 2019 09: 36
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    The attack showed that you need to live peacefully with your neighbors. Qatar could very well help the Hussites punish the Saudis because they had recently rolled a barrel to Qatar. And the States for some reason blame Iran. And how do they blame Qatar, if there is an American base there?
  4. DimerVladimer Offline
    DimerVladimer (Dmitry Vladimirovich) 18 September 2019 14: 51
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    flew into the airspace

    What kind of kindergarten term?
    Penetrated ... Invaded ...
    1. Pishenkov Offline
      Pishenkov (Alexey) 18 September 2019 16: 25
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      Ships go, swo swims, apparently then missiles penetrate, planes invade, and Chinese drones ... fly! laughing
  5. Monster_Fat Offline
    Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 18 September 2019 15: 48
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    A strange photo came across in the internet - on it were damaged Saudi tanks with holes from Israel, and not from Iran or the "Hussites". Maybe fake and installation .... wink
    1. Pishenkov Offline
      Pishenkov (Alexey) 18 September 2019 16: 26
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      ... again, they deceived everyone - they shamed the Saudis, and dumped everything on Iraq and Yemen! wink
  6. Alexander Dozorov (Alexander Dozorov) 18 September 2019 21: 17
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    Well, the best answer to UAVs is to catch them with a trap, Kalash seems to have one. the rocket is expensive of course