Conference on electronic warfare begins today

Updated 12 December 2017

Conference on electronic warfare begins today

RIYADH: Participants from 20 countries are expected at the 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Electronic Warfare at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) headquarters on Tuesday.
Organized by KACST and the Ministry of Defense, the conference will be held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Dr. Sultan Almorqi, director of the National Center for Sensors and Defense Systems Technologies and chairman of the executive committee on the 5th International Conference on Electronic Warfare and Radar, told Arab News that the two-day conference will have 57 speakers, 52 percent of them from the Saudi government and non-governmental organizations.
Presentations at the conference will focus on e-warfare including signal intelligence, information operations, the level of progress in naval e-war solutions, digital signal formation, e-war operations, e-war database management, In electronic warfare techniques.
Almorqi said an exhibition will run concurrently with the main symposium to showcase the latest technologies in e-war with the participation of exhibitors from inside and outside the Kingdom.
The aims of the conference include encouraging scientific research in radar and electronic warfare, raising awareness of the importance of these technologies in modern warfare and showcasing the areas of modern development and the successful international efforts in radar and electronic warfare.
The first session of the conference on Tuesday will be on “the localization of technologies (opportunities and challenges)” and on Wednesday it will focus on “a strong and sustainable advanced national military sensor capability.”

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.