PARIS: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) has signed a string of strategic agreements during its visit to the Paris Air Show, the world’s largest aviation and space industry event. A delegation led by Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, GAMI’s governor, attended meetings with world leaders in the field of military industries.
Discussions focused on the Saudization of military industries, the leading role played by GAMI and the importance of the Saudization process under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The GAMI governor also met with the officials and leaders of Thales Group, Airbus, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, as well as governmental bodies and several other companies.
Al-Ohali highlighted the importance of the meetings in promoting GAMI’s strategic plans for the defense manufacturing sector.
The governor and the accompanying delegation also visited Naval Group’s Lorient shipyard, where they were briefed on the French industrial group’s defense systems.
GAMI is seeking to Saudize the industrial sector, consolidate the role of the authority, and achieve the national priorities of upgrading military readiness. It also seeks to develop a sustainable local military industrial sector, and promote transparency and efficiency of spending.
Earlier, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Germany, visited the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) pavilion at the air show.
The envoy received a detailed explanation of GAMI’s latest innovative products that could help develop the Kingdom’s military industry and its successful local and international partnerships in air systems, surface systems, weapons and missiles, and defense electronics.
During the fourth day of the air show, the GAMI pavilion welcomed key aerospace industry figures.
GAMI officials also took part in meetings and signed strategic partnerships with global businesses involved in the four areas of the company’s work — air and ground systems, weapons, missiles and defense electronics.