Cruise missile and UAV attacks expose gaps in missile defence technology

The September 14 surprise attack by Iran on Saudi oil facilities has put international focus on a weapon system that is not new but poses a big danger in some regions – especially when operated by proxies of countries like Iran.

The Iranian attack proved above other things that the U.S and Saudi Arabia both failed in their intelligence efforts in the Gulf region. They were totally surprised by the combined attack performed by cruise missiles and armed UAV’s. The weapon systems used in the attack included seven Quds 1 cruise missiles powered by Iranianbuilt jet engines derived from a Czech design. Experts say that the Quds -1 is similar to the Soumar long range cruise missile but simpler and much…

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