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Saudi Arabia in talk with Russia to buy the Electronic Warfare system Krasukha-4

The SC

Feb 13, 2012
24 September 2021

Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz is said to have agreed in principle to launch negotiations with the Russian Ministry of Defense for the procurement of the Krasukha-4 jamming system.

These systems are apparently important for Saudi Arabia to counter the Houthi drones and missiles..


The Krasukhas' primary targets are airborne radio-electronics (such as UAVs) and airborne systems guided by radar..

The Krasukha-4 broadband multifunctional jamming station is mounted on a BAZ-6910-022 four-axle-chassis. Like the Krasukha-2, the Krasukha-4 counters AWACS and other air borne radar systems. The Krasukha-4 has the range for effectively disrupting low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and can cause permanent damage to targeted radio-electronic devices. Ground based radars are also a viable target for the Krasukha-4.

The main aim of the Krasukha EW system is to conceal troops, air defence systems, various military, production and administrative facilities from any electronic reconnaissance, for example, from Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, sideways looking radars (used by enemy reconnaissance aircraft to obtain the “radar display” of an area and to locate positions of troops and various military facilities), etc.

The Krasukha system detects and analyses enemy’s radar signals and broadcasts jamming in the required range. All the system equipment is digital and “smart”, to a considerable extent. The Krasukha system ensures jamming or distortion of satellite signals (for example, global positioning system satellites) as well as jamming of UAV radio control channels. Actually, the Krasukha system creates a specific huge “dome” impenetrable for enemy electronic reconnaissance systems. The basic system performance data is classified information for obvious reasons, but the estimated range for complete jamming of enemy radars and other electronic reconnaissance systems is 150-300 kilometers. Even a single system deployed in the potential theater of military operations may cause huge issues for the enemy, affecting its capability to collect the required amount of intelligence data. Moreover, using the system dramatically reduces the efficiency of enemy’s hi-tech weapon applications.

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Apr 9, 2017
I'm just wondering, with all these purchases from Russia, and China, are the Saudis are "really" buying hardware, or clout?

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