Upcoming U.S.-South Korean “war games” may be on hold, but the Pentagon is moving forward with plans to upgrade missile defense systems designed to counter a strike by North Korea against Seoul or other regional allies, according to the director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
The Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh has endured semi-frequent bombardments from Yemeni rebels’ ballistic missiles, launched in retaliation for the Saudis’ aerial intervention in the Yemenis’ ongoing civil war. And the Saudis’ U.S.-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) kinetic interceptors recently put on one hell of a light show.
In early November, Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels fired a ballistic missile at the far-off Saudi capital of Riyadh, retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s aerial intervention against them in Yemen’s civil war. Luckily, Saudi defense officials said, the missile was tracked and destroyed by their U.S.-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) kinetic interceptor before it reached its target, King Khalid International Airport — potentially preventing a worse outcome from what CNN described as “the first time the heart of the Saudi capital has been attacked and… a major escalation of the ongoing war in the region.”
The president of Lithuania has said she wants an ongoing U.S. troop presence in her country in light of increased Russian activity in the region and in response to Moscow's preparations for military exercises in neighboring Belarus late this year.