Doing Business In Saudi Arabia

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BAE Systems Contact:

Bader Mohammad Al Bedair
Senior Public Relations Officer

BAE Systems Saudi Arabia
PO BOX 1732 Riyadh 11441
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

T: +966 (0) 11 445 9100 x 3221
M: +966 (0) 555 138 159
F: +966 (0) 11 445 9101 x 6124

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BAE Systems Saudi Arabia is responsible for all aspects of BAE Systems' activities and its long-term presence in Saudi Arabia. 

There have been Saudi-British military aviation ties since the 1930s and the Company's involvement in Saudi Arabia can be traced back to the 1960s when BAE Systems made its first aircraft sales to the Kingdom.

In 1973, the Company embarked on its first readiness and sustainment contract in Saudi Arabia, providing support and manpower for Lightning and Strikemaster aircraft.

Between 1985 and 2006, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia was appointed prime contractor to the UK MOD, providing major hardware and support for Tornado, Hawk and PC-9 aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and UK-built mine hunters for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF).

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The agreement enhanced the government- to-government relationship between the Kingdom and the UK, and lead to the creation of the Saudi British Defence Co-operation Partnership (SBDCP) in 2007.

2007 also saw the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UK sign a contract for the supply of 72 Typhoon aircraft to the Kingdom - Project Salam, paving the way for the entry into service of Typhoon with the RSAF.

Commercial contracts include Tactica armoured vehicles for the National Guard and C4I for the Ministry of Defence and Aviation.

Working with customers, partners and the Saudi industrial sector, the business provides cost-effective solutions supported by in-country management and technical capabilities.

BAE Systems Saudi Arabia employs more than 5,100 people at eight locations in Saudi Arabia and at Samlesbury in the UK and more than 50 per cent of the employees are Saudi nationals.


A key element of BAE Systems' approach to developing the Company's home markets is the policy of developing local capabilities and transferring technology.

Peter Wilson, Managing Director BAE Systems Saudi Arabia and Chief Executive Saudi Arabia, said:

"Through the establishment of local defence and industrial capabilities, BAE Systems operates as a major element of the industrial development in each home market, generating benefits to the local economies such as employment, technology and reinvestment.

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With more than 35 years' market knowledge, the business has a track record in terms of understanding the customers' needs and delivery on our commitments across the Kingdom.

BAE Systems is contributing to the development of the defence and industrial capability in Saudi industry.

This involves the transfer of technology, knowledge and expertise to partners across the Kingdom. The aim is to enable equipment to be produced, maintained and supported here both for the needs of customers in Saudi Arabia and potentially in the future for the export market." 

In support of this activity, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia is working with industrial partners to support in-Kingdom industrialisation. Areas where this activity is taking place include:

•Mechanical engineering - Aircraft Accessories and Components Company

•Electronics/electrical engineering -Advanced Electronics Company

•Aircraft overhaul - Alsalam Aircraft Company

•IT and systems - International Systems Engineering

•Logistics - Saudi Maintenance and Supply Change Management Company

•Training - Saudi Development and Training


The evolution of the indigenous workforce is a key to the ongoing success across the Company's home markets.

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Saudi Arabia is no exception as Tony McCarthy VP HR & Business Operations with BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, explained: "We have made a major commitment to the training of local nationals, bringing them into management, technical and other qualified positions. This process is known as Saudisation.

"BAE Systems Saudi Arabia already employs more than 2,600 Saudi employees and a significant number of Saudis are involved in other projects and partner companies.

"In addition to the activities to develop our own employees, in support of the various projects we are involved in we have helped train naval personnel, RSAF pilots, other officers and thousands of aircraft technicians" added Abdullah. "Apart from the direct benefits to the individuals and the RSAF or the RSNF, this training also contributes to the diversification of the skills base in the civilian sector in Saudi Arabia once the personnel have completed their service with the military."