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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Saudi Arabia: Homegrown UAV programs (Part 2)in-depth

The Saudi defense industry is hard at work localizing and home-growing domestic unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). On the one hand, the Saudi domestic UAV programs cater to Vision 2030, which calls for localizing 50% of defense spending by the decade's end. On the other hand, they are a direct response to the Saudi military’s tactical requirement for UAVs, especially in the context of the war in Yemen.

In 2023, at least five major Saudi entities are developing drone programs in the Kingdom, including the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI). Over nine domestic drone programs have matured in the past years, servicing multiple UAV groups and market segments demanded by the Saudi Armed Forces.

Our two-part in-depth report series provides a comprehensive overview of nine major Saudi drone development programs. This includes their technical specifications, foreign assistance, and status.

Our 1,848-word report continues the examination of Saudi drone programs that began in the first report. Part 2 showcases the UAVs under development at Intra Defense Technologies, KACST, and SRB Aerial Systems.

The report is structured as follows:

-Saudi drone programs: Intra Defense Technologies; KACST; SRB Aerial Systems


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