Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Updated 10 May 2014
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Rain forces India-bound Saudia flight to land in Sri Lanka

Heavy torrential rains in the Malabar region in India’s Kerala state affected flights to and from Jeddah on Thursday and Friday.
Saudia Flight SV892 from Jeddah to Calicut was diverted to Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday owing to the stormy weather. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive Thursday, landed in Calicut on Friday morning causing it to be delayed by almost seven hours.
Adverse conditions in the neighboring city of Calicut in India are believed to be the prime reason for the diversion of the flight to Colombo, according to sources. The flight was supposed to land in Calicut at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday but following the diversion to Colombo, it could only reach Calicut on Friday at 6:40 a.m., they added.
Saudia Flight SV893 which was scheduled to arrive from Calicut to Jeddah on Friday has been canceled and rescheduled for Saturday, according to King Abdulaziz International Airport sources. “The flight is now rescheduled to arrive on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.” the sources said.
However, Air Indian officials assured its passengers that the Calicut flight from Jeddah is scheduled to leave on Friday evening as usual.
Feroz Khan, Western region manager of Air India, told Arab News: “Now that the weather is back to normal in Calicut, the Air India flight will continue as scheduled without any interruption.”


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.