Collapse delays inauguration of Jeddah bridge

Updated 19 August 2012
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Collapse delays inauguration of Jeddah bridge

JEDDAH: Plans to inaugurate the bridge under constructed at the intersection of Prince Majed and Prince Mohammed (Tahliya) streets in Jeddah had been moved to a later date after a portion of the structure collapsed, officials of the Jeddah Mayoralty said on Saturday.
Jeddah Mayor Dr. Hani bin Muhammad Aburas, accompanied by municipal and company engineers, visited the accident site on Friday and said it was fortunate that nobody was killed or injured.
“The collapse of one portion has not affected the remaining parts of the bridge. An investigation committee will examine all the reasons that caused the collapse and will prepare a report in the coming days,” he said.
Named as head of the committee was Ibrahim Kutubkhana, deputy mayor for construction and projects, who said the bridge consisted of 20 prefabricated pieces that have been installed and linked to one another.
“What happened is that the scaffold bearing the 19th piece collapsed before being linked to the 18th piece. Each portion of the bridge weighs 88 tons and has a width of 30 meters,” he said.
He said the contractor has promised to reconstruct the collapsed portion within a month, adding that the bridge’s inauguration, which was previously scheduled for Shawwal, would be delayed for a month.
Mayor Aburas said the company has been asked to take maximum care in constructing the bridge.
He said prefabricated pieces are used for construction in order to accelerate the project works. “The company has completed works on the bridge and underpass in the street without facing any technical or constructional problems,” he added.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.