Saudis Seize Missiles | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 03.23.17

Airborne
03.20.17

Airborne
03.21.17

Airborne
03.22.17

Airborne
03.23.17

Airborne 03.17.17

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 03.23.17

Airborne
03.20.17

Airborne
03.21.17

Airborne
03.22.17

Airborne
03.23.17

Airborne 03.17.17

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17

Tue, Sep 09, 2003

Saudis Seize Missiles

...or Did They?

Last month, there was a rash of high-ranking officials' talking about the dangers posed to airliners by SAMs -- surface-to-air-missiles. British Airways suspended service to Saudi Arabia, and said it was considering fitting its airliners with anti-missile systems. [That service was reinstated last Friday --ed.] Australian PM John Howard even said publicly that such missiles were more of a danger to airliners than hijackers. Just what precipitated those, and similar, announcements was unknown... until now.

Last month, the Saudi police intercepted a truckload of missiles, near Jeddah. They were in an enclosed car-carrier trailer; and their discovery was made, we're told, by chance.

The BBC said the shipment came from Yemen; but no one will say whose missiles -- Russian, Chinese, French, or American -- they were. No one is saying whether they were shoulder-launched items, or more-sophisticated designs. The BBC's Frank Gardner reported, "Documents were found in a car revealing that members had mapped out the exact location of checkpoints and other security measures."

Just what the connection to the British Airways suspension of flights to Riyadh had with the discovery was, is not being discussed openly; and it is unknown whether other airlines may have received a heads-up on the missiles' discovery, or not.

Interestingly, within hours, the BBC's official site seemed to have pulled Gardner's story, and in its place was a retraction. Apparently, Gardner must have made up the whole thing, including the references to "confirmation by both British and Saudi officials."

We wanted the real truth, so of course we called our own Transportation Security Administration. Our call to the TSA's Lauren Stover resulted in a referral to Brian Roehrkasse, at the Department of Homeland Security, whose answering machine took our questions yesterday morning. He never returned the call.

FMI: www.british-airways.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singa>[...]

Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational d>[...]

Airborne 03.21.17: Longmont NIMBYs, Lost Orbiter, Airline Transparency

Also: VIP TFR Relief, Aero-Calendar, ACC CoC, C17 Drone Inspection, Flamingo Air, TSA Shame, NBAA Scholarships One of the most persistent, if not outright obnoxious, anti-airport N>[...]

Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational d>[...]

Rotax To Offer Public Information Sessions At Sun 'N Fun

Workshops Targeted To Those Who Want To Learn More About The Engines During the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo 2017 in Florida, the Rotax Flying and Safety Club (>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC