Author: Paul Iddon

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have requested sizable quantities of interceptor missiles to replenish their stockpiles. The dual requests come amidst increased talk in recent months about the so-called Middle East Air Defense Alliance (MEAD) between Israel and a number of Arab countries to jointly defend against drones and missiles used by Iran and its various militia proxies throughout the region. According to the U.S. State Department, the UAE requested 96 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles as part of a proposed $2.245 billion deal. Saudi Arabia requested 300 MIM-104E Patriot Guidance Enhanced…

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In early June, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos was unambiguous when he stressed that his country would not transfer its long-range Russian S-300 air defense missile systems stored on the island of Crete to Ukraine. “We will not provide anti-aircraft missiles from our islands or anti-ship missiles, no matter how much they ask us to do so, because we face a real threat,” he said. “Greece will not be sending the S-300 weapons system,” he emphasized. “What we need, what is useful, and mainly operationally active, we do not intend to release.” Panagiotopoulos’s assertion that Greece needs those S-300PMU-1 batteries…

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If the recent report that an advanced Syrian S-300 air defense missile was fired at Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets for the first time is indeed accurate, it could be a big deal. Israel’s Channel 13 news reported on May 16 that an S-300 missile was fired at Israeli jets after they attacked targets near the northwestern Syrian city of Masyaf on the night of May 13. The S-300 was fired as the jets were returning to base. According to the report, the system’s radar did not lock onto any of the Israeli aircraft and, therefore, posed no serious…

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