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originally posted by: ignorant_ape
the obvious question :
if a balistic missile was fired at the saudis - and they failed to intercept it
where is it now ?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: AndyFromMichigan
Yes, but if it landed that close to the airport, intact, it should have done more than leave a black spot near the runway. If it's based on the Scud-C or D, as it appears, it has a roughly 2,000 pound payload. That should do quite a bit of damage, including breaking windows from the shock wave.
originally posted by: FredT
This is a repeat of Desert Storm where the initial incarnation of the Patriot claimed success and alter analysis showed that it never hit its intended target.
Reports Saying Saudi Arabia Intercepted a Ballistic Missile from Yemen over Riyadh airport
Raytheon: Arab-operated Patriots intercepted over 100 tactical ballistic missiles since 2015
That number, which appears on the Raytheon website, is much larger than publicly available data from think tanks, the Saudi government or the other eight Mideast and African nations fighting in the Saudi-led coalition against Iranian-backed militias loyal to former Yemeni President Al Abdullah Saleh.
But in a Nov. 15 interview, Riki Ellison, chairman and founder of the Alexandria, VA-based Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, not only confirmed Raytheon’s 100-plus figure, but insisted it was a conservative count. “Between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, there have been over 150 intercepts of Yemen-launched missiles,” said Ellison.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
The Yemeni Army’s Rocket Battalion launched three or four new ballistic missiles at their Saudi oppressors yesterday which they claimed hit their targets at the military base outside Khamis Mushayt, and is what regional press are reporting. However, the Saudis claim to have intercepted four targets. The Yemen video release of the new Qaher-M2 medium-ranged BM only shows three launches. Perhaps it was only three, but the Saudis launched six just to be safe. The video of the Qaher-M2 launches were easy enough to find. But I had to scour for some time through some twitter and youtube members in a language with funny letters that I do not understand (probably Arabic) to find the video of the Patriot defense in action, which originated on reddit. Video shows what is clearly at least one direct interception.
And the global war continues...