Report: Saudi Arabia in Talks to Buy Iron Dome Missile Defense Systems

The Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung reveals that the Saudis have shown interest in Israeli military hardware, including an anti-tank missile system, the Trophy Active Protection System and the Iron Dome missile defense system

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Saudi Arabia has reportedly shown interest in purchasing Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system, according to the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung.

The newspaper revealed that a European weapons dealer in Riyadh said the Saudis are examining the purchase of Israeli military hardware, including the Trophy Active Protection System (APS), which was developed by Rafael and IAI's Elta Group.

The report also claimed that the Saudis requested Israel to examine the possibility of acquiring an anti-tank missile system and the Iron Dome missile defense system, through a third party.

The report further mentioned that Saudi military experts had even examined the Israeli anti-missile system in Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia is said to have wanted to acquire the system in an attempt to stop missile attacks by Houthi militias in Yemen.

In November 2017, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, expressed Israel's readiness "to exchange experiences with moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence to confront Iran."

According to Defense News, Saudi Arabia is seeking to boost its anti-missile systems arsenal and has also committed last year to purchase the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor to defend against ballistic missile attacks and Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.


[Source: Defense World]