L3 Technologies and Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities for collaboration within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on projects related to the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) and special mission systems markets.
Signed on the sidelines of the recent International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2019) which took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE earlier this year (17-21 February), the agreement, which supports KSA’s Vision 2030 goals for enhanced indigenous capabilities in the aerospace and defense industries, will enable the companies to work together in developing an EO/IR and mission systems industry within the Kingdom that includes a focus on sustainment, training, manufacturing, and research and development, as well as the pursuit of strategic opportunities.
“Our strategic MoU with L3 comes as part of our commitment to supporting the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030, as we work closely to further develop both the sensor and mission systems industry within the Kingdom and create a Center of Excellence around these technologies,” said Dr. Andreas Schwer, CEO of SAMI.
“Over the next 10 years, we envision a provision of comprehensive through-life support for this technology: from IRAD activities to sustainment,” he added.
“Establishing this relationship with SAMI is an important part of L3’s international growth strategy. By working collaboratively to provide sustainment, training and manufacturing capabilities within the KSA, we can significantly broaden our support for Saudi government and military forces,”said Stephen F. O’Bryan, L3’s Senior Vice President and Chief Global Business Development Officer.
Together, one of the priority areas for L3 and SAMI will be focusing on the establishment of a center within the Kingdom to indigenously design and implement these advanced technologies and solutions for a variety of customer-specific applications.
Saudi Arabia set up SAMI in 2017 to develop manufacturing capabilities with the aim of producing half of the country’s required military equipment domestically by 2030.
L3 Technologies is a leading and innovative company in Military Forces supporting industries as it has designed and manufactured industry-leading multi-spectral and multi-sensor EO/IR imaging and targeting sensor systems for over 43 years. As an immediate extension to this line of business, L3 actively designs and integrates fully customizable mission systems for air, land and maritime vessels.