Al Jazeera – SPA:
Saudi Militari Industries (SAMI) and the Spanish company Navantia Marine Industries (SAI) have launched a joint venture called "SAMI Navantia Naval" industry after signing two parties' contracts in April last year for the design and construction of five adventurous combat frigates,
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The ceremony of signing a joint venture was held on Tuesday in Riyadh, officially launched by HH. E. Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Operating Officer of the Saudi Military Industry and Navanty Operations Director Gonzalo Alcazar, along with officials from both parties.
The joint venture will mainly centralize the production of all aspects of marine combat systems from project management, installation and connection of combat systems, system engineering and design, development and testing of hardware and software, development of simulation systems, installation and integration of combat systems on board the last ship in the Spanish project , In addition to logistical support and training programs. It is expected that the new project will support efforts by the Saudi military industry to meet 50% of military expenses within the Visa Kingdom of 2030 by reducing the work on ship combat systems, including the installation and integration of vessels.
The inauguration of this project comes as a result of announcing the Crown Prince to save 50% of military spending in 2030. It will also significantly contribute to strengthening the readiness of the armed forces in Saudi Arabia, as well as creating opportunities for employment and training for young people in Saudi Arabia, which increases the contribution of Saudi citizens to industry.
"We are very proud of the confidence of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Navantia and we are committed to partnership with the Saudi military industries and Saudi Arabia in order to support their needs for national security and technical development," said Navantia Gonzalo Alcazar, Chief Operating Officer Navantia Gonzalo Alcazar. The fourth and fifth boats will be launched in Saudi Arabia in accordance with a joint venture approved by the Saudi military industry and Navantia.
As for the design of the five Avanti 2200 boats, it is designed to meet Saudi Royal Navy requirements to deliver high-quality performance, including excellent sailing power, longer service life and higher operating capacity at higher temperatures in the region, all within the cost Optimize the life cycle of ships.