Saudi Arabian Military Industries concludes Washington conference focusing on development of defense systems for Vision 2030

Updated 26 March 2018
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Saudi Arabian Military Industries concludes Washington conference focusing on development of defense systems for Vision 2030

WASHINGTON: The Defense and Security Technology Conference organized by the Saudi Arabian Military Industries company (SAMI),in Washington, DC, has concluded its meetings after participants discussed “the development of the defense system,” and how this contributes to the achievement of the ambitious “Vision 2030” plan.
The conference was organized in cooperation with the US-Saudi Business Council under the theme “Fortifying Partnerships, Achieving Value,” and the participation of top speakers and more than 100 experts, specialists and consultants who exchanged views on Saudi Arabia’s strategic vision regarding the future of its defense industry. Technology and security were top items on the conference agenda, which took place amid the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the US.
The conference was inaugurated by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAMI, Ahmed Khatib, who stressed the importance of the gathering and the issues under discussion. The conference included three sessions and an additional extraordinary session with the participation of Minister of Trade and Investment Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi, Minister of Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khaled Al-Falih, and Ahmed Khatib.
The second session was attended by Dr. Andreas Schwer, CEO at SAMI; Leanne Caret, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS), Kurt Amend, CEO of Raytheon Saudi Arabia; and Colin Mahoney, Senior Vice President of the Global Solutions and Services Unit at Rockwell Collins. Participants deliberated ways to create a value chain for a sustainable future, discussed the important progress achieved by Saudi Arabia and ways to develop the Saudi-US relations to even higher levels.
The conference final session was entitled “Strategic Outlook and the Road Map,” and was moderated by John Hamri, CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and featured a prominent lineup of panelists, including Mohammed Al-Athel, Secretary General of the Board of Directors of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI); Kenneth J. Krieg, Former Undersecretary for Defense and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (ATand L); and Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro, Former Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).
The SAMI is a state-owned military company launched in May 2017 by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). It provides military products and services and aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products. SAMI hopes to contribute about $3.7 billion to the Saudi economy by 2030, and aims to invest about $1.6 billion in research and development, creating nearly 40,000 jobs for Saudi nationals.


Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

Updated 24 June 2019
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Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

  • Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah
  • Said Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government said on Monday that the Houthi militia has received various types of weapons smuggled from Iran.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the militia has suffered heavy losses and as a result they have been targeting civilians and civilian installations.
Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah in violation of the Stockholm agreement.
He said that the Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition, but “we will apply international law.”
He added that the coalition has started providing financial assistance to those affected by accidents in Yemen and the coalition has already compensated 116 people affected.