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IDEX 2023: Saudi Arabia in frame to buy ‘Korean Patriot’ SAM system

24th February 2023 - 05:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in Abu Dhabi

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The M-SAM II could find its way into the inventories of countries that cannot buy US, European, Israeli or Russian systems. (Photo: author)

South Korea's LIG Nex1 is confident Saudi Arabia will become the next customer for its Medium-range Surface-to-Air Missile Block-II after the UAE.

LIG Nex1 displayed its Medium-range Surface-to-Air Missile Block-II (M-SAM II) system at IDEX 2023 just over a year after the UAE signed a $3.5 billion deal with the Korean state defence procurement agency for the missile.

Talking to Shephard during the show, LIG chief manager for UAE business Eric Yoon said delivery of the undisclosed number of M-SAM systems had already began last year and is expected to be completed by 2027.

Yoon also said the company is currently in discussion with Saudi Arabia about the sale of the high-to-medium altitude air defence weapon that the manufacturer dubs the ‘Korean

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Norbert Neumann

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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