According to News i Agency’s International Group, the Saudi state military industry (SAMI) announced on Sunday that it has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture with the American company “Lockheed Martin” to upgrade its defense capabilities and build weapons.
According to the English newspaper The Daily Mail The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Lockheed Martin states: “The new agreement will expand the transfer of technology, knowledge and training of Saudi manpower in the production of military products for the Saudi armed forces and the provision of services to them.”
The deal comes as the United States announced a temporary halt to arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates last month. US President Joe Biden announced in late January that he would suspend recent arms deals under former US President Donald Trump, including the sale of ammunition to Saudi Arabia and F-35 fighter jets to the UAE.
F-35 fighter jets are a major component of the $ 23 billion high-tech arms sales to the UAE. Saudi Arabia has also signed a contract with Raytheon to receive 7,500 precision-guided bombs. Lockheed Martin is also currently involved in a $ 15 billion missile defense system installation project in Saudi Arabia as part of the $ 110 billion arms package of the Donald Trump administration, which entered into negotiations with Saudi Arabia in 2017.
Meanwhile, Michael Aaron, the British ambassador to Yemen, recently defended the continuation of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. He told Al Jazeera that Saudi Arabia was an ally of Britain and could buy weapons from Britain whenever it needed them, and then referred to the US government’s decision to suspend arms deals with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, claiming that it had decided to suspend arms sales. Saudi Arabia is not a good solution to the Yemeni crisis.
An American newspaper recently wrote that the recent attacks by the Iraqi and Yemeni resistance on Saudi Arabia showed the weakness and vulnerability of the Saudi defense systems.
While US President Joe Biden’s administration is reconsidering the US approach to the region, resistance groups in Yemen and Iraq are taking advantage of ongoing rifts in Saudi defense systems and carrying out “high-precision” attacks, the memo said. They are doing it against Saudi Arabia.
“This attack highlights the growing complexity of the dangers facing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and shows that it is only “It is not limited to drones, but also includes ballistic and cruise missiles.”