Foundation stone laid for new King Saud air base
The foundation stone for the new King Saud air base in Hafr Al Batin province, has been laid by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Commander of King Saud Air Base in the Eastern Sector, Major General Ahmed bin Ali Al-Asiri, said the base will be a “new fort for protection of the airspace of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
King Salman. Picture Saudi Press Agency
Technical studies, designs and engineering survey works for the construction of the new base began immediately after the issuance of the royal approval to turn the advanced air base in Hafr Al-Batin to a major air force base, Al-Asiri said.
He explained that the designs of the new air base took into account the highest quality and efficiency standards, energy conservation standards and the preservation of the existing facilities in line with the objectives and plans of the new air force base to be a combat air base.
The base will include several plane squadrons, as well as other support systems and with the ability to accommodate more air systems in the future. It will be able to work around the clock in case of war with the ability to carry out air operations with self stockpiles of fuel, weapons, ammunition and spare parts.
He said that the airbase will be built in three phases and is expected to be completed in four years, stressing that such construction works will not affect the current operation of the base.