Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The General Authority for Military Industries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced, on Sunday, the signing of a contract to develop an unmanned aircraft system, “The Sky Guard”, with the Saudi Company for Military Industries.
The contract for the development of the “Airspace Guard” aims to “build an innovative and unique technical base regionally and internationally through the development, manufacture and localization of unmanned aircraft systems, and to create a local defense system that contributes to building a base of supply chains that supports achieving self-sufficiency,” according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Walid bin Abdul Majeed Abu Khaled, CEO of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company.
For his part, Ahmed Al-Ohali, Governor of the General Authority for Military Industries, said that signing the contract for the development of the Air Force One aircraft “will contribute to raising the military readiness of the Kingdom’s defense system, increasing the response of field service and technical support, and creating highly skilled job opportunities for Saudi competencies.”
In its report, the Saudi Agency stated that “GAMI is working with all its local and international partners to enhance the process of localization in the sector by achieving the goals of the Kingdom’s vision to localize more than 50% of military spending by 2030, which will enable it to achieve the national priorities of enhancing the independence of the military. The Kingdom’s strategic strategy and contribution to raising its military readiness, in addition to enhancing joint operation between all security and military authorities, and developing a sustainable local military industries sector, in addition to raising transparency and spending efficiency.”