With the presence and patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Protection, and Her Excellency Mrs. Reyes Maroto Illera, Minister of Trade of Spain, the Ministry of Protection and the Basic Authority for Army Industries signed a memorandum of understanding with the Spanish firm Navantia to accumulate and construct a variety of multi-mission fight ships for the Royal Saudi Naval Pressure. The memorandum was signed by His Excellency the Assistant Minister of Protection for Government Affairs, Dr. Khaled bin Hussein Al-Bayari, and from GAMI, Eng. Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, Governor of the Authority, and from the aspect of the Spanish firm, Navantia the CEO and Chairman Mr. Ricardo Domínguez García-Baquero. The signing ceremony attended by His Excellency the Chief of Workers Basic Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, His Excellency the Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili and the Ambassador of Spain His Excellency Jorge Hevia Sierra and the Deputy Protection Minister for Procurement and Armament Ibrahim Bin Ahmed Al Suwayed and the Deputy Governor of Army Acquisition on the Basic Authority for Army Industries Mr. Mohammad Saleh Al-Athel.

The MoU goals to boost the extent of readiness of the RSNF to boost maritime safety within the area, shield the important and strategic pursuits of the Kingdom, and help the strategic, operational, and tactical objectives of the MoD. Consistent with the Kingdom’s Imaginative and prescient 2030, the MoU goals to advertise the localization of as much as 100% within the area of naval shipbuilding, integration of fight techniques and ship upkeep. It’s going to additionally consider the combination of fight techniques into new ships, techniques design and engineering, {hardware} design, software program improvement, testing, verification techniques, prototyping and simulation, logistical help, and coaching program design.


Saudi Ministry of Protection and GAMI signal a memorandum of understanding with the Spanish firm Navantia to construct fight ships for the Royal Saudi Naval Pressure. (Picture by Navantia)

On this event, HE Dr. Khaled Al-Bayari, confirmed that this MoU with the Spanish firm is available in accordance with the directives of HRH Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, with the target of elevating the readiness of the armed forces, the sustainability of techniques, and the localization of army industries, and maximizing the usage of native content material. HE added that this occasion is of nice significance to the Ministry of Protection and a milestone in our cooperation with Navantia firm, because it intends to spice up the RSNF’s naval capabilities, enhancing joint operations amongst all safety and army companies, and growing a sustainable native army industries sector, whereas growing transparency with spending effectivity

As well as, HE the Governor of GAMI Eng. Ahmed Al-Ohali, affirmed: “This MoU promotes the method of localization within the army industries sector by reaching the objectives of the Kingdom’s imaginative and prescient to localize greater than 50% of the overall army spending by 2030, which can allow it to realize the nationwide priorities of strengthening the strategic independence of the Kingdom, along with growing a sustainable native army industries sector that can improve the constructing of native industrial capabilities and numerous provide chains, in addition to localization of human cadres. The MoU comes beneath the steerage of the sensible management to strengthen the Kingdom’s world place within the army industries sector, particularly by way of its strategic geographical that connects three continents, which makes it the perfect vacation spot for funding on this sector.”

Mr. Ricardo Domínguez García-Baquero, expressed his contentment at signing the MoU with the Ministry of Protection, after the success of the primary mission, the” Sarawat Challenge”, which is a quantum leap for Navantia and the RSNF. He additionally thought of the difficult and demanding supply interval of the primary mission, that contributed to renewing the boldness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within the Navantia firm, as two of the mission’s ships had been commissioned efficiently; “HMS Jubail” and the “HMS Diriyah”. García-Baquero, indicated that the mission ships are characterised by their incorporation of the most recent fight techniques to take care of all air threats, floor and subsurface, and the most recent of their form on the planet. He additionally affirmed the corporate’s dedication to switch know-how to Saudi engineers and contribute to the localization of the Kingdom’s technical capabilities.