The new name reflects the all-encompassing nature of the organization for providing in-country services and interfacing with Saudi customers and partners, and supports key products developed by BAE Systems in the United States. These include combat vehicles, artillery systems, protection systems, electronic warfare capabilities, precision guidance, and aircraft survivability systems.
The renaming formally took place during a recent reception hosted by the Embassy of the United States in Riyadh. Mr. John Godfrey, the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, hosted the reception at the U.S. ambassador’s official residence with the support of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service. In attendance were representatives of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Commerce, senior U.S. government and military officials, prominent senior Saudi and U.S. defense industry leaders, and senior executives of BAE Systems’ local and U.S.-based businesses.
“President Trump’s ground-breaking visit to Saudi Arabia seven months ago laid the groundwork for the cooperation we see today and for stronger U.S.-Saudi partnerships in the years to come,” Godfrey said during the event. “BAE Systems Saudi America has plans under way for significant industrial partnerships here in Saudi Arabia. I encourage everyone to speak to the BAE Systems officials here tonight to understand just how important they are to the future of Saudi Arabia’s defense and security industry.”
“As a top-ten prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, we are well-positioned and committed to deliver defense and security capabilities and services to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Erwin Bieber, President of BAE Systems’ Platforms & Services business in the United States, the keynote speaker at the event. “Working closely with our Saudi customers continues to be a priority, and we very much look forward to supporting the Armed Forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia meet its current and future capability needs in partnership with local industry.”
Technical cooperation with local industry has been and will continue to be a main tenet of BAE Systems’ strategy in Saudi Arabia. BAE Systems’ proven history of transferring technology and skills to help build local industrial capabilities and support economic development has already been demonstrated in the country and in a number of international markets. The planned modernization for the Bradley fighting vehicles will create high-value defense jobs in support of Vision 2030.
“BAE Systems Saudi America looks forward to supporting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. We are committed to recruiting and training employees in high-skill areas, to build the capability of Saudi nationals,” said Kyle Carnahan, Vice President of Business Development and General Manager for BAE Systems Saudi America. “We already collaborate with several universities in Riyadh to attract talented Saudi students to work as interns at our in-country office, providing them training and opportunities for advancement. In fact, 60 percent of our employees at BAE Systems Saudi America are Saudi nationals.”
BAE Systems collaborates with military branches and government agencies to develop cutting edge solutions for the U.S. Armed Forces and other militaries around the world. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the U.S. business relies heavily on the in-country office to ensure it maintains a local perspective and close relationships with its customers and industry partners in the Kingdom. During the reception, BAE Systems executives emphasized that they look forward to working with the Saudi government to thoroughly understand requirements as they relate to key, relevant technologies and capabilities that are tailored to the needs of the Kingdom.