Welcome to Episode 48 of the third series of The Weekly Defence Podcast. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and more.
China, computer chips and supply chains
On 14 September 2019, the Islamic Republic of Iran launched an audacious unconventional military attack on critical infrastructure facilities in Saudi Arabia, at Abqaiq and Khurais located 60km southwest of Dhahran.
According to press reports, this asymmetric attack consisted of a combination of 25 high-tech UAVs and missiles, which resulted in Saudi Arabia shutting down 50% of its oil production operations – roughly 5.7 million barrels of oil per day.
This attack by the Iranians resulted in a brief spike in oil prices and demonstrated how vulnerable these facilities, and many others, are to nations willing to use technology to …
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