RIYADH, (BM) – Military cooperation in the field of mobile air defense systems became a reality only a few hours ago. Saudi Arabia and South Korea begin joint production of the Biho II mobile air defense system.
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Hanwha Defense is a South Korean company that will produce the air defense system. Saudi Arabia’s Science Technology is the Arab company that will defend Saudi Arabia’s image in the project.
According to preliminary information, the new mobile air defense system will have a turret and a 30-millimeter cannon, and four surface-to-air missiles.
In recent years, the Arab company has gradually established itself in international defense markets by building various partnerships. These actions have allowed Science Technology to transfer know-how and technology from countries like the United States, Ukraine, and South Korea. The company is also one of the participants in the state investment program Vision 2030.
Biho II will be a next-generation air defense system
Such are the expectations of the two companies that will develop the system. The Biho II mobile should be a solution to counter all kinds of air threats. The system expects to be highly maneuverable and work on any geographical terrain – challenging to cross or desert flat.
The international defense community is familiar with the previous version of the system – K30 Biho. This version is a hybrid air defense system, which, like its future version, has a tower and a 30 mm weapon. So far, the company says the system has conducted several successful tests in Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh is also developing an unmanned bomber
Saudi Arabia intends to develop its version of an unmanned heavy bomber. The executor of the project will again be the Arab company Science Technology. The project is already underway, and Science Technology revealed details at the ongoing defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi – Index 2021.
According to the company, the new drone must perform several activities, including support for attack missions, search, rescue, and surveillance. It is not ruled out, the company says, that the bomber will also support the navy by conducting patrols and coast guards.
Science Technology claims that the future Arab drone will be competitive in international markets, as its price will not be high. So far, however, the company has not disclosed details about the characteristics of its future product.
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