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Hanwha Systems to supply modified radar for Saudi M-SAMs

An image released by Hanwha Systems to illustrate the export model of its Cheongung-II (M-SAM II) Multifunction Radar. (Hanwha Systems)

Hanwha Systems announced on 9 July that it will supply a modified version of its Multifunction Radar (MFR) for the Medium-range Surface-to-Air Missile Block II (M-SAM II) systems ordered by Saudi Arabia.

It said the M-SAM II MFR has already been “developed to withstand high temperatures and sandstorms” for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which ordered the air-defence system in 2022, and that it “plans to modify the product to meet the specific environmental conditions and needs of Saudi Arabia”.

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense announced during the World Defense Show held near Riyadh in February that Saudi Arabia had ordered 10 M-SAM II batteries worth USD3.2 billion.

In its 9 June press release, Hanwha Systems said its share of the Saudi contract is worth approximately USD867 million, compared with the USD1.1 billion it will be paid for supplying the radars for the UAE's systems.

The company quoted the head of its surveillance and reconnaissance division as saying the radar accounts for 30–35% of the cost of the M-SAM II and more than 70% of the system's maintenance budget.

For more information, please seeIraq lining up Korean M-SAM order .

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