Saudi Arabia Launches Project to Manufacture Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Saudi General Authority of Military Industries (GAMI) is coordinating with the INTRA Defense Technologies to manufacture unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The project will be operational during the first quarter of 2021, with an expected investment amounting to $200 million.

The Authority aims to build an innovative technological base regionally and internationally. This is to ensure maintenance, manufacture, and localization of unmanned aircraft systems.

INTRA, a GAMI-licensed Saudi company, will secure a number of categories of advanced and unmanned aircraft systems; in highly-competitive tasks in terms of technology and cost.

GAMI Governor, Eng. Ahmed al-Ohali, said that the project for the maintenance, manufacture, and localization of unmanned aircraft systems reflects the general strategy of the authority.

The project also aims to achieve the strategic goal of localizing over 50% of saudi military spending by 2030.

Ohali added that the Authority seeks to enable the sector of military industries in Saudi Arabia. This is to become a major tributary of its economy. Besides, being a major contributor to providing employment opportunities for Saudi youth.

The governor confirmed there was a number of local manufacturers of the private sector with interest in the field. He also noted that GAMI granted licenses to 25 companies operating in the field of military industries so far.

INTRA Defence Technologies is a private high-tech company which designs, develops, manufacture, and fully supports innovative Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), as well as all related sub-systems, which are ITAR-free, to customer and partners around the globe.