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Anti-aircraft defense: SOS from Riyadh to Seoul

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has asked South Korea to help him strengthen his air defense system, Yonhap news agency reported yesterday.

The demand came as a result of attacks by Yemeni forces against Aramco’s oil production plants in Saudi Arabia, which paralyzed half of the kingdom’s oil production.

According to Anadolu, Ben Salman told Yonhap that the attack on vital Saudi oil production plants was “a real test for the international will to fight terrorism”.

The Saudi Crown Prince made the remarks during a telephone interview with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Saudi Arabia is South Korea’s largest oil supplier.

Last July, the Saudi military industry (SAMI) announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with three affiliates of the Korean group Hanwha to create a joint venture in Saudi Arabia to locate military industries in the kingdom.

The three affiliates of the Hanwha Group are Hanwha Corporation, Hanwha Defense Co. Ltd. and Hanwha Systems Co. Ltd.

The joint venture will be established in Riyadh under the name SAMI-Hanwha Munitions Systems LLC and will initially focus on the manufacture and sale of ammunition in Saudi Arabia.

The company will then evaluate the possibility of expanding its operations to the manufacture of missiles, artillery systems, combat vehicles, defense systems and naval systems, as well as control, communications computing and intelligence (C4I) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems.

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