Lockheed Martin partners with Wahaj for laser-guided bomb production in KSA

Updated 01 March 2018
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Lockheed Martin partners with Wahaj for laser-guided bomb production in KSA

RIYADH: American defense giant Lockheed Martin signed a teaming agreement on Wednesday with Wahaj to develop Saudi Arabia’s capability to co-manufacture the tailkits for Paveway II Plus Laser-Guided Bombs (LGBs).
The agreement was signed at the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED 2018) annual conference at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Established in 2013, Riyadh-based precision-engineering company Wahaj is an affiliate of the Saudi International Petrochemical Co. (Sipchem). It serves the aerospace, defense, power, and oil and gas industries.
“Today marks an important day for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as we make progress in the localization essential to a strong defense industry. The team at Wahaj look forward to securing the best local talent to help us meet the capacity of future Paveway II Plus LGB manufacturing,” Abdulrahman A. Al-Saif, chairman of Wahaj, said in a statement.
The laser-guided bombs, the release explained, use “an advanced guidance system to convert conventional gravity bombs into precision-guided munitions.”
Lockheed Martin’s Paveway II Plus LGBs are cleared for use on aircraft authorized to carry and release LGBs, including Saudi Arabia’s F-15s, F-16s and Tornados.
Alan Chinoda, the chief executive of Lockheed’s Saudi business, said: “We are dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s national security objectives defined in Vision 2030 development plan.”
“By the time production ramps to full operational capability, we envision localization to be upwards of 70 percent,” he said.


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

Updated 19 June 2018
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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.