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Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI)

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is a military industry company, launched in May 2017 to act as a sustainable platform to provide world-class military products and services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its allies. It aims to be among the top 25 military industry ?companies in the world by 2030, combining the latest technologies and the best national talent to develop military products and services at par with international standards, and achieve the Kingdoms self-sufficiency in military industries.

The National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) is one of the most important programs to achieve the vision of the Kingdom, as it implements more than 300 initiatives and develops 11 industries, including the automotive industry, military, medical, aquaculture and fish industries, all aiming to raise the Kingdom's exports to 50% of the non-oil exports. The program aims at transforming the Kingdom into a leading industrial power and a global logistics platform, by focusing on four vital sectors, namely, industry, mining, energy and logistics, to contribute to GDP by SR 1.2 trillion and provide 1.6 million jobs, in addition to attracting investments estimated at SR 1.6 trillion, by 2030.

The Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is a national holding company owned 100% by the Public Investment Fund (PIF ); a sovereign wealth fund owned by Saudi Arabia. SAMI develops and supports military industries in Saudi Arabia and plays a major role in localizing the military industries in the Kingdom which is ranked in the top five countries in terms of military expenditures worldwide. This position will provide special tremendous investment opportunities.

SAMI Chairman of the Board of Directors is H.E. Mr. Ahmed Bin Aqeel Al Khateeb, while Dr.Andreas Schwer is the Chief Executive Officer. The Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company (SAMI) is moved by the latest technologies and the best national talents to develop innovative military products and services with international standards through four main units: Aeronautics, Land Systems, Weapons &Missiles and Defense Electronics.

The company focuses on contributing in exports increase and attracting foreign investments to the national military industries sector.

  1. To assume a leading role in the global military industry sector by 2030
  2. To become a pioneer employer in developing and diversifying our workforce to the highest global standards
  3. To upgrade and localize the military industries capability, and focus on our unique strengths represented in strategy, competency and manufacturing
  4. To create world-class products and services that can compete with the very best quality and value
  5. To secure trusted, long-term strategic partnerships that will guarantee both abroad security and national prosperity
  6. To be a major contributor and the catalyst to localize more than 50% of the military spending by 2030, to promote KSA`s self-sufficiency

The Aeronautics Unit works on air defenses and products, including:

  1. Manned Tactical/Combat Rotorcraft
  2. Transport Aircraft
  3. UAVs
  4. Aeronautical Structures

Land Systems Unit works on defense systems and land weapons, including:

  1. Wheeled and Tracked Armored Vehicles
  2. Supply Vehicles
  3. Artillery Turret Systems
  4. Protection Systems
  5. Unmanned Ground Vehicles
  6. Artillery Systems

The Defense Electronics Unit works on reserch and development in all modern technologies aspects, including:

  1. Radar & Microwave
  2. Opt-electronics
  3. Communication Systems
  4. Electronic Warfare
  5. Command, Control, Communications, computers & Intelligence (C4i Systems)
  6. Cyberwarfare
  7. Naval Combat Systems

Weapons and Missiles Unit works on the following:

  1. Missiles & Guided Weapons
  2. Launchers
  3. Conventional Weapons / Guns
  4. Ammunition

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has successfully signed 18 high-level agreements in December 2018 with major global, regional and local companies in the fields of technology, defense, security, research and development. The agreements included MoAs, MoUs, and MoCs with world-class companies of the magnitude of Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Paramount, Hensoldt, L3 Technologies, BAE Systems, UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC), Airbus, MBDA, Leonardo, Prince Sultan Defence Studies and Research Center, Elettronica, and King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

These agreements support the creation of the integrated defense industries ecosystem by involving the energy, industry and research institutions. This will contribute significantly to further enhancing the readiness of the Saudi Armed Forces and increasing local content, in addition to creating new job opportunities and training for Saudi youth to increase their contribution and raise their role in this vital industry and the national economy in general.

On 28 January 2019, under the patronage and in the presence of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, and on the sidelines of the launch of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) inked the establishment of two new joint ventures with Thales and CMI Defence. The scope of the joint venture signed with the French company Thales includes air-defense short-range and counter-rockets radars, C2s, multi-mission missiles, fuses for guided bombs, and inter-communication radios. The project aims to invest in the facilities and equipment in the local market, at a localization ratio of 70%, while around 2,000 direct and indirect jobs will be generated for Saudi youth.

The second joint venture agreement, signed with Belgiums CMI Defense, includes delivering multifunctional high-power turret systems for armored vehicles and all related ?services, providing in-country research and development and prototyping, design ?and systems engineering, supplier and material management, manufacturing, ?assembly and test, fielding and support, and upgrades, and integration of other OEM ?products and services?. The project is expected to realize a localization rate of 60%, in addition to offering more than 700 direct and indirect jobs for the Saudi youth.

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the state-owned defense company, signed on 17 February 2019 a preliminary agreement with France's Naval Group on the creation of a joint venture for the construction of warships in the kingdom. "The joint venture will design, build and maintain military ships, which will make a significant contribution to the further expansion of the capabilities and combat readiness of the Royal Saudi Navy", SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer said, commenting on the deal. Schwer noted that SAMI would be the majority shareholder in the joint venture. The signing ceremony of the agreement, which provides for the construction of warships, frigates and corvettes, was held on the sidelines of the IDEX-2019 defense exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

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