miketheterrible wrote:In US/Saud defense - cruise missiles and Drones fly very low. Meaning that detection/tracking time/distance is very short. So in this regard, SHORADS are what would be very important. And this is where Saudi messed up I suppose. Strong IADS is important in interconnectivity. I doubt this exists in Saudi Arabia.
Few cruise missiles should be easy targets for F-15 and Eurofighters. Saudi air defense also have Skyguard and ultra modern French VL MICA for that job. Older Crotale could do the job against cruise missiles as well. They are not stealth, they are subsonic, there were no jamming and area is flat desert, so they could be detected at long distance as any low flying plane and easy target to shot down. They were not in such big number, that saudi modern air defense could not deal with them. Saudis also have strong military presence at Yemeni border, where they are fighting with Houties together with EW radars and Patriot batteries. They could detect them well inside Yemen and shot down them, when they are crossing border or earlier. Whole air force and air defense structure of KSA and US fail and KSA lost half of oil production to 10 cruise missiles.
Serbia manage to shot down many similar Tomahawk missiles in 1999 with old S-125 Neva in heavy ECM environment and Serbian land is full of hills and forests, which better hide such low flying cruise missiles. I don't think old S-125 Neva is better complex than modern VL MICA.
Saudi VL MICA SAM complex. VL MICA have range of 20 km and 9 km in altitude. Mica have both IIR and ARH homing heads and as AAMs, they are the main armament of Rafale jets. If Patriot have problems, VL MICA should be deadly effective as it is SHORAD/medium range system. As the last line of defense KSA have Skyguard Oerlikon 35 mm AA guns and Stinger MANPADs. What else they need more? This air defense is worth a lot of money, which usual countries doesn't have. Saudis have Mica missiles on the ground, Iris-T missiles on Eurofighters, AIM-9X and AMRAAMs on F-15. They have the best western missiles in armament.