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SAMI Signs Defense Venture Deal with Lockheed Martin

SAMI Signs Defense Venture Deal with Lockheed Martin

Sunday, 21 February, 2021 - 18:00

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed an agreement to set up a joint venture with US firm Lockheed Martin to enhance the Kingdom's defense and manufacturing capabilities, the Saudi company said on Sunday.

SAMI, which is owned by the Saudi state's Public Investment Fund (PIF), will own 51% of the venture.

"The new agreement will develop localized capabilities by transferring technology and knowledge, and by training a Saudi workforce in manufacturing products for, and providing services to, the Saudi armed forces," the statement said.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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