The world is speeding up.
This is the only explanation that comes to my mind if I look at the latest revelations about Saudi Arabia buying both the THAAD and S-400 systems. Just a few days earlier I wrote a piece about UAE buying Su-35 aircraft, and here we are again with an even more astonishing contract. Two contracts that is.
Saudi Arabia will have the best of both worlds. THAAD from USA and S-400 from Russian. Why do they do it? The same questions as with Su-35 come to my head.
Is this a way to get bigger independence? Is it a security measure? Is diversification a new mantra in Arab countries? SA has also bought Kornet-EM system, the TOS-1A, the AGS-30 and the Kalashnikov AK-103. That is a big package.
Will they work together? If so than how? If not how the whole system is supposed to work? Saudi Arabia is equipped with western armament and adding a different puzzle to the architecture doesn’t add up. I do understand that both systems are ment for different tasks but still they fit into the missile basket.
What with the security concerns for both sides meaning Russia and USA. These are the crown joules in their inventories and now they meet in the same country? What with the radar technology and potential sniffing on them by both parties?
As I wrote in the beginning of this text the world is speeding up but I think that no one can tell where are we going. The most important thing is that we are in the middle of a big shift in many areas and such weird military equipment combinations as in UAE and Saudi Arabia are symptoms of this shift. The global players are putting their chessman and soon the game will begin.
I tell you one thing. It gets harder and harder to be a defense editor these days 😉