Air International 2021-06
A.Warnes - Serving Saudi ambitions
An agreement with Lockheed Martin that was signed at Abu Dhabi's IDEX in February will see SAMI take on the maintenance and repair of helicopters such as the UH-60M
Saudi Arabia wants more from the likes of BAE Systems and Boeing. BAE has sold hundreds of Typhoon and Tornados to the desert kingdom, while Boeing has received billions of dollars from F-15 Eagle sales. Saudi Arabia wants to build its own fighters with the collaboration of these companies as part of the Saudi Vision 2030
If AlSalam Aircraft Industries is eventually acquired by SAMI, then the overhaul of Royal Saudi Air Force C-130 Hercules will become its responsibility
Building an indigenous UAV industry with its key advanced technologies is another goal of both SAMI and GAMI