Riyadh (YE) – Relations between Riyadh and Tel Aviv seem to be growing closer as reports suggest that Saudi Arabia is considering purchasing Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome system. Yemeni forces often launch attacks in Saudi territory in response to the ongoing airstrike campaign, military aggression, and blockade.
The Swiss paper Basler Zeitung reported this week that Saudi Arabia’s government expressed interest in purchasing Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome system to stop attacks launched by the so-called Houthis in Yemen.
The prominent Basel-based daily wrote that a “European weapons dealer in the Saudi capital of Riyadh” said the Saudis are examining the purchase of Israeli military goods, including the Israeli Trophy Active Protection System (APS), which was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta Group.
The APS is installed on tanks to detect and neutralize incoming projectiles aimed to take out the tank.
The Basler Zeitung wrote that Saudi military experts examined the Israeli military technology in the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The Swiss paper reported that Saudi-Israel intelligence cooperation has registered “further progress,” according to observers in Tel Aviv and Riyadh.
This post originally ran on YemenExtra.