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Saudi Arabia spent billions on air defenses. But in the age of comparatively cheap drones, it may have been wasted

(CNN)Saudi Arabia has spent billions on state-of-the-art air defense and early warning systems, but a mix of cruise missiles and drones was able to penetrate its airspace on Saturday, inflicting substantial damage on the world's largest oil processing plant at Abqaiq.That suggests serious shortcomings in where Saudi systems are placed and what they're designed to do. But it also illustrates a bigger problem: the age of drone warfare is a massive challenge to governments around the world. The cruise missiles used in the attacks were re-tooled versions of a Russian design from the 1970s -- and drones are still the poor man's missile even if they are getting more sophisticated. In other words, 5% of global oil supply was taken out by weapons ...
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