Saudi Arabia will continue to share military intelligence with the US and will use the opportunity to strengthen ties with America during US president Donald Trump’s visit to the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia was not concerned about sharing intelligence with the United States, despite a storm over reports that Trump had discussed intelligence with Russia during a White House meeting last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir was quoted as saying by Saudi Gazette Friday.
“We share a very, very large amount of intelligence with the United States and vice versa,” Al-Jubeir said. “We have had no hesitation about doing so and we will not have any hesitation about continuing to do so.”
Trump will be signing several agreements on US-Saudi security and economic cooperation during his visit to Riyadh on Friday.
Trump’s visit will bolster strategic partnerships between the two nations. Riyadh agrees with US’ administrative view in regard to the role placed by the US in uprooting terrorism,” Al-Jubeir said.
Both the countries were discussing several “initiatives” related to arms sales, economic and security cooperation and tackling terrorism.
“Several agreements will be signed, whether political agreements… and big economic agreements,” he said.
Saudi Arabia was every defence contractor's dream market- with no offsets clause and no local industry to provide servicing and spares, contractors raked in billions in after-sales service and life-cycle support. However, all that is about to change with the announcement of a new company, the state-sponsored Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) which will establish joint ventures with foreign companies to make equipment, systems and spares
Saudi Arabia has launched new military industries company ‘Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced Thursday. SAMI will manufacture products and provide services across four business units: Air Systems, which includes maintenance and repair of fixed-wing aircraft as well as manufacturing and repair of unmanned air vehicles; Land Systems, which includes manufacturing and repair of military vehicles; Weapons & Missiles - including ammunition; and Defense Electronics, which includes radars and sensors as well as communication systems and electronic warfare
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Saudi Arabia could insist that spares for imported military hardware should be made within the country marking a major policy shift for one of the biggest arms importers in the world. No contract for the supply of weapons would be concluded if production of spare parts took place in any other country and not in Saudi Arabia, according to the country's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud
Saudi Arabia has signed a deal with China to import unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and to set up production lines. Partnership agreement to manufacture drones was signed during Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visit to China from March 15 to 18 where the two countries signed total 35 deals worth as much as $65 billion, IHS Janes reported Monday
Saudi Arabia has expressed its intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin integrated air and missile defense, combat ship, tactical aircraft, rotary wing technologies and programs. Letters of Offer and Acceptance and a Memorandum of Intent covering government-to-government sales of Lockheed Martin programs to include integrated air and missile defense systems, multi-mission surface combatant ships, radar systems, surveillance systems, tactical aircraft and rotary wing programs
Yemens force has shot down an F15 fighter jet that was taking part in the bombing campaign of Saudi-led coalition. Yemens Arabic-language al-Masirah television network quoted a local military official as saying that the Air Defense Force in the Yemeni army are backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, shot down an F15 warplane of the Saudi-led aggression
Saudi Arabia has reached an agreement with Lockheed Martin to purchase four Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships worth US$6 billion. The deal is a part of overall $110-billion foreign military sale, and is expected to be announced during President Donald Trumps visit to Riyadh Saturday
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