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Russia to offer Arab partners new means of protection from drones

This will take place at the Dubai Airshow 2019 on November 17-21

MOSCOW, September 17. /TASS/. Russia’s exporter of military products Rosoboronexport will offer its Arab partners the newest Russian means of protection from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at the Dubai Airshow 2019 on November 17-21, the company said in a news release on Tuesday.

Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev said the latest events indicated the growing importance of protection of crucial facilities, such as transport junctions, infrastructures of large oil and gas enterprises and nuclear power plants from reconnaissance and attack drones.

"At the Dubai Airshow we will discuss with our Arab partners progress in the implementation of effective contracts and hold talks with them on the newest Russian means of protection from the UAVs as a special field of work," Mikheyev said.

The CEO of Rostec Corporation, Sergei Chemezov, is quoted as saying that Russia will put on display in Dubai its air defense systems capable of effectively resisting UAVs and special means of resisting drone attacks.

"There are such effective air defense systems as mobile air defense missile systems of the Pantsir family, air defense missile Sosna, portable air defense systems Igla, Verba and others. Also, there will be radio-electronic warfare means capable of eliminating individual drones and providing comprehensive protection for transport nodes and industrial, military and other critical facilities. On the list of products in this field are such systems as Sapsan-Bekas, Ataka-DBS, Solyaris-N, Pishchal-PRO, Taran-PRO and others," Chemezov said.

In the early hours of September 14 ten drones attacked Saudi Aramco oil refineries in the east of Saudi Arabia. Drones hit the world’s largest oil processing facility Alqaiq, where there is a large community of Western specialists, and also an oil refinery in Hurais, Saudi Arabia’s second largest oil field. The strikes caused a strong fire. The Houthi rebels Ansar Allah claimed responsibility. The attack forced Saudi Arabia to cut output by 5.7 million barrels a day from nearly 10 million barrels.