Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercept a Houthi missile launched on Jazan

Saudi Arabia’s air defence intercepted a missile launched from Yemen towards Jazan on Friday. (Reuters)
Updated 14 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercept a Houthi missile launched on Jazan

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s air defense has intercepted a missile launched from Yemen towards Jazan.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition announced Friday that Saudi Arabian air defense systems have shot down a Houthi missile launched towards Jazan. 

The Saudi-led coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said, "a missile was launched Thursday by Iran backed Houthi militia from Sa’adah in Yemen towards the Kingdom". The Saudi Arabian Patriot anti-missile defense systems were activated and intercepted the missile that was directed towards civilian areas of ‘Jazan’ said al Maliki. He also added that no one was hurt as a result of falling fragments of the missile in ‘Jazan' that borders Yemen.   

Yesterday, Saudi air defense forces also intercepted a ballistic missile launched on Jazan. On Wednesday this week Iran backed Houthi militia launched ballistic missiles and drones targeting the capital, Riyadh, the cities of Jazan and Najran, and Abha airport.

The missiles were aimed at Riyadh and the two southern cities. One armed drone targeted Abha airport and a second drone was heading toward a civilian neighborhood in Jazan.

Iranian-backed Houthi militants have launched dozens of missiles in the past year, aimed at Riyadh and southern Saudi cities. 

 


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.