Leonardo is based in Italy but has a substantial presence in the UK. Its sites include a maintenance training centre in Luton for the Eurofighter Typhoon which is used by Saudi Arabia in its bombing of Yemen. Six Saudi engineers began training there in January 2016.
Leonardo states that it has been working in Saudi Arabia for more than four decades, supplying fighter aircraft, avionics, surveillance, naval and space systems among others.
manufactures and supplies surveillance and intelligence gathering equipment to police, military and government security agencies around the globe from a site in Southend on Sea. The UK government’s arms promotions unit supported it to expand its business into Saudi Arabia, which it supplies with tracking technology.
Rolls-Royce manufactures engines for the Eurofighter Typhoon jets for the Royal Saudi Air Force, used in Yemen. Engines are manufactured at a site in Bristol. It also provides the engines for the AH-6i light attack helicopters supplied by Boeing.
Boeing has supplied large numbers of F-15 combat aircraft to Saudi Arabia, including the new F-15SA version.
It has also provided AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, and in 2014, contracted to supply 24 AH-6i
Little Bird light attack helicopters. The AH-6i has a Rolls-Royce engine and integrated weapons include: the General Dynamics 12.7 mm Gatling gun, the Dillon 7.62 mm Gatling gun, and the FN Herstal 12.7 mm chain gun. (Jane’s, 1.9.2014)
Lockheed Martin states that it
entered the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the delivery of the first C-130 Hercules in 1965. Since then, the company has expanded its security portfolio in the Kingdom to include integrated air and missile defense systems, maritime and civilian applications (Lockheed Martin, 30.9.2018).
Arms deals have included Hellfire air-to-ground missiles, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (US Dept of Defense, 26.6.2013), and Patriot missile systems.
General Dynamics has contracts to supply Saudi Arabia with Abrams main battle tanks and also large numbers of armoured vehicles.