Saudi Arabia in developing a ballistic missile programme

Saudi Arabia's yearly military budget ranged between four and eight times that of Iran between 2015 and 2020

FREMONT, CA: China is supporting Saudi Arabia in developing a ballistic missile programme, according to new evidence. Despite the fact that initial reports concerning the programme surfaced in 2019, Saudi Arabia's capacity to reliably launch missiles remained unknown. Researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies told CNN that they now had the first unambiguous proof that China is assisting Riyadh in developing such improvements. It marks a clear turning point not only in Chinese military aid to Saudi Arabia, but also in the Middle East's arms competition. Iran will undoubtedly notice that these Saudi advances have the potential to wreak havoc on its defense posture. Tehran is expected to retaliate accordingly.

However, if China is assisting in pushing the area into dangerous and uncharted waters, it's vital to remember that this dynamic has been building for decades—and that insular Western policy has aided in bringing the region to this grim crossroads. Saudi Arabia now has a stockpile of the world's most modern weapons. It is the world's greatest importer of arms, owing to a regular supply of arms primarily from the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. Between 2016 and 2020, the country accounted for 11 percent of all global arms imports. Saudi Arabia's preferred approach to any

geopolitical issue appears to be a military shopping spree, regardless of whether it is at war or at peace.Iran's overall weaponry imports during the same period, on the other hand, accounted for only 0.3 percent of the global total. Saudi Arabia's yearly military budget ranged between four and eight times that of Iran between 2015 and 2020. But it's not simply the magnitude of Saudi Arabia's arsenal that puts it in the shade of Iran's. Saudi Arabia's aerial superiority over Iran is also out of this world in terms of quality. Iran's options for airspace defense are very limited. The government can only dream of getting the advanced US and European aircraft and air defense systems that have overwhelmed Saudi armories, owing to sanctions.

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