Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI)

Last updated 11 August 2023

Saudi Arabia Military Industries was created in May 2017 by the Saudi authorities. It is one of the major planks of Saudi Arabia’s initiative to develop a domestic military manufacturing industry by 2030, as part of the “Vision 2030” plan for industrial growth, which aims to localize 50% of Saudi Arabia’s military spending by 2030.

The company’s website promotes five Business Divisions: Aerospace, Defense Systems, Advanced Electronics, Land, and Sea. It had over 3,000 employees in 2021, and revenues of 2.6 billion Saudi Riyals (about $690 million), which it described as an increase of 2,407% on the previous year.

SAMI has signed memoranda of understanding with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Dynamics, as well as with Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport for weaponry including S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. According to the SAMI website, it also has joint ventures with Navantia (Spain), L3Harris (USA), John Cockerill Defense (Belgium), Thales (France), and FIGEAC Aero Group (France).


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