Saudi Arabia Adopts South Korean M-SAM-II SAM System

Saudi Arabia officially adopted the South Korean M-SAM-II SAM (Surface-to-Air-Missile) system in a $3.2 billion deal for 10 units on February 7th.

South Korea will develop a new export variant, Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radar, capable of operating under extreme conditions for a long duration, for the SAM system.

This deal comes after the UAE adopted the M-SAM-II, which proved successful in downing ballistic missiles.

Future deals between South Korea and Saudi Arabia, as well as the UAE, are a possibility. Further discussions of adopting other equipment, including the KF-21 jet aircraft, naval vessels, and K-9 self-propelled howitzer, are under way, along with the L-SAM-I and LAMD SAM systems.

Saudi Arabia also confirmed they would adopt the K-239 Chunmoo long-range rocket artillery system.