The Saudi Ministry of Defense and the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) announced on Wednesday the launch of the first locally-manufactured HSI32 speed interceptor boats as well as the commissioning of the first Floating Dock.
The Saudi local manufacturing of interceptors came in line with the latest international specifications and standards, in partnership between the French CMN and the Saudi Zamil Offshore Services Company.
In a statement, GAMI Governor Ahmad Al-Ohali underlined the Saudi leadership’s support for “harnessing the capabilities and resources to advance the promising industry.”
He noted that the manufacture and localization of the fast interceptor boats system was part of the authority’s strategy to meet national priorities, empower local manufacturers and help major national companies to enhance their global position.
Al-Ohali also emphasized GAMI’s determination to move towards achieving its first strategic goal, which is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s spending on military equipment and services, in addition to expanding the scope and impact of current capabilities by 2030.
For his part, Commander of the Saudi Naval Forces, Lieutenant General Fahad Al-Ghufaili, said that the new achievement fell within Vision 2030 and came in accordance with the directives of the Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in order to realize the strategic goals of localizing the military industries in the Kingdom.
Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Zamil, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Zamil Group, pointed to the Saudi leadership’s great support for the military industries sector enjoys, stressing the importance of the partnership with the Saudi Royal Navy to further develop the national industry.