“Patriot is 41 for 42: 42 Scuds

engaged, 41 intercepted!”

–President George W.H Bush

Since past few months, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is being attacked by the missile launched by the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Although the Royal Air Force has tried to curb the rebels by bombarding deep into the Yemeni soil, the missions are not able to foil the missile attacks from the rebels. For defence against the missiles, Saudis are primarily dependent upon the defensive shield of the MIM-104 Patriot anti-ballistic missile defence system. This is the same missile defence system that failed to intercept an Iraqi Scud missile on February 25, 1991, because of a software error and resulted in the death of 24 soldiers at the Dhahran Airbase, Saudi Arabia.

It is reported that the Patriot missile was not able to destroy the warhead of the missile fired by the rebels on 4 December 2017, which resulted in an explosion 12 miles away from Riyadh. It infers that the warhead of the missile is much smaller, devastating, and harder to intercept. The concern for the Saudi is that who is the clandestine power to provide such sophisticated and advanced technology to the rebels. If this is Iran, then the fear is much higher because Iran is on its way to develop nuclear weapons.