Saudi naval forces prepare for Red Wave 1

This exercise aims to enhance maritime security for the countries bordering the Red Sea. (SPA)
Updated 28 December 2018
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Saudi naval forces prepare for Red Wave 1

  • “This exercise includes a number of precisely planned assumptions (or theories) that are consistent with the capabilities of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and our sophisticated marine systems”

JEDDAH: The joint military drill, Red Wave 1, is to launch early next week with the participation of the countries bordering the Red Sea, including Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti and Yemen, in addition to observers from Somalia in the Western Fleet.
“This exercise, which will be implemented by the Saudi naval forces, is one of the most significant, as it aims to enhance maritime security for the countries bordering the Red Sea, protect territorial waters, strengthen military cooperation and exchange combat experience between participants,” said Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili, commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.
“This exercise includes a number of precisely planned assumptions (or theories) that are consistent with the capabilities of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and our sophisticated marine systems.”


Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

Updated 54 min 44 sec ago
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Saudi defense partnerships signed at Paris Air Show

PARIS: Saudi defense chiefs signed a number of strategic partnerships with major global companies while taking part in the prestigious Paris Air Show.
The pavilion of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company received a succession of key aerospace-industry figures during the Kingdom’s first exhibition appearance at the world’s largest aviation event.
High-profile visitors welcomed by SAMI chief executive offer, Andreas Schwer, included chairman of the SAMI board of directors, Ahmad Al-Khatib, deputy chairman of the SAMI board of directors and chairman of the board of directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Commission, Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.
The pavilion also received a senior delegation from the Saudi Presidency of State Security, along with the director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.
During the second day of the air show, which runs until June 23 at Le Bourget airport in Paris, SAMI officials took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work, namely air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.
At a signing ceremony in the SAMI pavilion, company chiefs also put pen to paper on a joint project agreement with US aerospace and defense company L3 Technologies for cooperation in the field of electro-optical and infra-red technology and special task systems inside Saudi Arabia. In February, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the joint project.