During his state visit to Russia, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at his residence in Moscow Thursday the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.
During the meeting, the areas of military cooperation between the Kingdom and Russia were reviewed, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
From the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member, Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf; Minister of Commerce and Investment, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi; Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir; Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad and Saudi Ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Rassi.
From the Russian side, it was attended by the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev and a number of high-level military officials.
After this meeting, Saudi Arabia agreed a deal to purchase S-400 missile defense systems from Russia on Thursday during the state visit of HRH King Salman Bin Abdulaziz to Moscow.
The deal will allow the Kingdom to acquire one of the most advanced missile defense platforms in the world.
The S-400 Triumf is an anti-aircraft, anti-ballistic missile and anti-cruise missile defense system that has been in service with the Russian Army since 2007.
The system uses four missiles, a very-long-range 400 km missile, a long-range 250 km missile, a medium-range 120 km missile and a short-range 40 km missile.
The System gives Saudi Arabia a multi-layer defense ability against aerial threats.
The S-400 is utilized by the Russian, Belarussian and Chinese armies. Turkey and India are awaiting delivery.