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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saudis Patriot System Did Not Intercept Yemeni Missiles



DUBAI: Saudi said it intercepted all seven 
videos raise new questions about claims

video show Patriot missile launch go rapidly wrong
missile changing course midair, crashing in Riyadh, exploding

Another detonated shortly after launch in Saudi capital
kingdom overstating capability of Patriot missile 
tradition dating back to 1991 Gulf War

more likely no missiles intercepted said Jeffrey Lewis
missile expert at Middlebury Institute of Intn'l Studies, Monterey, California

Saudi said it intercepted seven missiles fired by Houthis 
One Patriot explode seconds after launch
another Patriot missile changes course, smash into ground 

Saudi military did not acknowledge apparent missile malfunctions 
not first time experts question Saudi claims on missile interceptions


Saudi Patriot PAC-2 missiles, developed in late 1980s
rely on  "blast fragmentation" like shotgun shell
Debris from Houthi missile no marks suggesting hit by Patriot 

Houthi "Burkan" missile have warheads that separate from fuselage
Patriot struggle to destroy Burkan ... after separation,'' analyst wrote 

Lewis similar doubts
Patriot really overmatched 
Houthi missile range 1,000 km (620 miles), separating warhead
dont expect Patriots to succeed against missile like that

Nov Patriot credited for hitting Houthi missile over Riyadh
Lewis and others doubt any Patriot missile intercepted that rocket

Patriot missile fame in 1991 Gulf War
US claimed Patriot destroyed all Scud missile 
later found missiles only had 9% kill rate




My comments :  The end game for the al Saud family is going to be very costly and painful. You live by the sword, you also die by the sword.

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