The United States is deploying to Saudi Arabia a battery of Patriot missiles, four sentinel radar systems and about 200 support personnel, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said in a press release on Thursday.

“In light of recent attacks on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and at their invitation, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced today that the US would deploy the following equipment to the kingdom: One Patriot Battery, Four Sentinel RADARs, approximately 200 support personnel,” Hoffman said in the release.

In the early hours of 14 September, a drone attack targeted Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq and Khurais oil processing facilities, forcing the national oil company to shut them down. This resulted in a more than a twofold drop in Saudi Arabia’s daily net oil output. Although responsibility for the attack was claimed by the military wing of Yemen’s Ansar Allah movement, also known as the Houthis, the United States and Saudi Arabia have put the blame on Iran.

On 18 September, the Saudi Defence Ministry held a press conference to present what it described as evidence of Iran’s involvement in the attacks. Tehran has refuted the accusations.

According to most recent reports, full restoration of Saudi Aramco’s operations after oil attacks may take months.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Pentagon is also readying 2 Patriot and 1 THAAD batteries to be moved in case Esper consider these as necessary

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The An-124 Ruslan ADB3195 took of from Chateauroux onto Jeddah yesterday.
Note that Chateauroux is about 80km from two of the main MBDA plants and about the same distance to one of the main Nexter (fka GIAT) plants, maybe should I say KNDS since they merged with german company KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann), the makers of the Leopard2 tank…

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When 88 separate installations of Patriot PAK3s failed to stop a cruise missile attack from Yemen Houthis, what does the US chose to do?
Send more Patriot PAK3s, because …
because …

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+++ “When 88 separate installations of Patriot” => There are no “88 separate installations”, there are 14 batteries (or battalions if you prefer) of 6 launchers and 4 launchers in storage as spares. +++”of Patriot PAK3s” => There is no “PAK3”. PAC-3 is a type of missile available for Patriot batteries. It’s the short range missile (20km), there is also the PAC-3 MSE (35km) and the PAC-2 (160km). You can install 16 PAC-3 or 4 PAC-2 cannisters on a launcher at will. KSA has both PAC-2 and PAC-3 +++ “failed to stop a cruise missile attack from Yemen Houthis” =>… Read more »

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But what if the US allowed this attack on Saudi-Arabia and deliberately disabled the patriot batteries? I guess it is the US which operates this system in the country. If not this makes the patriots worthless. What about Raytheon, the maker of this?

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+++ “I guess it is the US which operates this system in the country.” => Saudis operate their own gear (or eventually hire Pakis, Sudanese or whatever? Although I doubt they’d let such toys to their “slaves”). Do not mistake yourself : their militaries are pretty well trained by US/UK, the only thing odd is most of the highest ranking officers are likely to be here through nepotism, thus, they may hire retired generals US/UK as counsellors [for a big check] and simply parrot their “advises”… +++ “But what if the US allowed this attack on Saudi-Arabia and deliberately disabled… Read more »

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Would be more useful to deploy TARS aka EL/M-2083. This allows a 24/7 AWACS to protect strategic areas including against low altitude threats for pretty cheap : an helium balloon costs peanuts, only the radar may cost big. Since India bought 2 for about $45M, it’s pretty affordable compared to an E-7 Wedgetail ($400M+) Then reload the existing Patriot batteries with PAAC-4 Stunner interceptors while getting rid of old PAC-2 : you put 4 Stunners (range 160km) instead of a PAC-2 (range 160km), using the same cannisters as the 20km range PAC-3 and they’re far more efficient (IR/EO+radar seeker, re-locks… Read more »

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And pray tell who do you think is responsible for this “false flag” attack where the Saudis agreed to turn off their defenses while the Houthis agreed to take the blame??? If it was to raise the oil price that didn’t last very long.

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+++ “If it was to raise the oil price that didn’t last very long.” => It’s barely impossible to raise the oil prices for long : starting $50/barrel, Fracking makes profits and shale gas reserves are gigantic, including in China. +++ “And pray tell who do you think is responsible for this “false flag” attack where the Saudis agreed to turn off their defenses while the Houthis agreed to take the blame???” => It would only be a false flag had either Saudis or US attacked by themselves. As you say by yourself, “Houthis agreed to take the blame”, at… Read more »

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“…My postulate is that, a way or another, US or Saudis managed to know that the strike would happen mostly with inert warheads or ultra-low yield ones, if not, they wouldn’t have the vectors going through…” First of all, I doubt if Saudi intelligence was that good. Second, even if they did obtain that information as you postulated there is no guarantee that things won’t go wrong. “…Europeans start -it’s high time- to see the regime for what it is : a real life James Bond villain…” I think the Europeans are a little more sophisticated than that and are… Read more »

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Rahh, answer still not published, pfff

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+++ “The Saudis have nothing on Iran…/…”
=> Oh, having Iranian proxies attacking KSA is enough! Read the f*cking Hague Convention=Intl law on war.
It’s just a way to make it acceptable for UNGA and public opinion, according Intl law, about 55 countries have the right to take any military measure they see as appropriate on Iran, even if most of the attacks were done by Hezbollah in about 40 countries.
In fact, if something surprises me, it’s that serious measures haven’t been taken for long…

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+++ “and the Saudi’s attempted takeover of the Yemen” => There is nothing like this! Houthis started the war and did a coup in Sa’ana. They managed to snatch a third of the country until the legitimate government called KSA+UAE for help just like Assad called Russia and Iran. Let’s be clear : Zaydis shiites are 15% of Yemen’s population, and Houthis are fanatical Zaydis… Thus, Zaydis are closer to Sunnis than they are to Twelvers, so being associated with Iran is not well seen by all Houthis, far from it, actually, before the Iranian support became clear, Saudis didn’t… Read more »

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+++ “p.s. Most of the American oil fracking companies are financially underwater”
=> You miss the point that the barrel spent several years under $50… Fracking is OK business only with a barrel at $50+
No problem if the small fracking companies are in the red : the big ones can buy their gear and concessions for peanuts.
Fracking is simply to be seen as an insurance oil prices will be kept low. No risk for another oil crisis, the time OPEC had world economy by the bälls is over.