Saudi-Spanish agreement for the construction of “combat ships”

AA/ Istanbul / Iyad Nabolsi

The Saudi Ministry of Defense and the General Authority for Military Industries have signed an agreement with the Spanish company Navantia to build combat ships for the Saudi Navy, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

The agency said the agreement aims to raise the level of readiness of the Saudi naval forces to enhance maritime security in the region and protect its vital and strategic interests, as well as support the ministry’s strategic, operational and tactical objectives. of the defense.

According to the agency, the agreement includes the localization of 100% of the construction of warships, the integration of combat systems and the maintenance of the ships, by the Spanish company.

The MoU covers integration of combat systems into new ships, systems design and engineering, hardware design and software development, testing, systems verification, prototyping and simulation, in addition to logistical support and the design of training programs, according to the same source.

Quoted by the agency, the Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs, Khaled Al-Bayari, said that this memorandum reinforces the contribution to the improvement of military preparation and the improvement of joint operations between all security and military agencies.

Navantia CEO Ricardo Garcia Baguro affirmed, according to the same source, the company’s commitment to transfer technology to Saudi engineers and to help localize technical capabilities in Saudi Arabia.

Navantia is a Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company, both military and civil. It is the fifth largest shipbuilder in Europe, and the ninth worldwide.

*Translated from Arabic by Mal├Ęk Jomni

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