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Taqnia Aeronautics and Sikorsky to explore helicopter production in Saudi Arabia

Posted 23 February 2016 · Add Comment

Sikorsky today signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



The new agreement outlines the investment, technology and skills needed to establish production jobs for Saudi citizens, and could lead to direct involvement in the assembly of Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters (above) in the Kingdom.

The agreement was signed on the opening day of the AFED Local Manufacturing Exhibition in Riyadh by Major General (retired) Ali Al-Ghamdi, Taqnia Aeronautics CEO and Anand Stanley, Sikorsky Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, in the presence of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Al Saud, President of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Chairman of Taqnia, Alan Chinoda, Chief Executive Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia, and Steve O'Bryan, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training.

"Entering into this agreement will give Taqnia Aeronautics the foundation to create a helicopter assembly operation in Saudi Arabia and assist in developing local content", said Major General (retired) Ali Al-Ghamdi, Taqnia Aeronautics CEO. "Together we are forging a relationship with a company owned by Lockheed Martin, a global technology leader, which can help grow Saudi involvement in capabilities that are important to the Kingdom's sustained economic growth."

"Since Lockheed Martin first partnered with the Kingdom in 1965, we've been privileged to be part of a significant transformation occurring in Saudi Arabia," said Alan Chinoda, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia. "We are proud to be facilitating the kind of knowledge-based collaboration that accelerates job growth, technology sharing, and industrial partnership in the Kingdom."

Sikorsky's Anand Stanley added: "We have today laid the foundation for a potential new business where Saudi nationals will support the Kingdom's continued need for rotary wing products for many years to come."

In Saudi Arabia, Lockheed Martin partners with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, King Abdullah University for Science and Technology and Al-Faisal University in Riyadh, helping to develop the next generation of talented young Saudi professionals. The company has also partnered with Babson College to launch a Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense, Ministry of National Guard and Ministry of Interior currently operate a fleet of Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters. The Ministry of Interior also operates Sikorsky's S-92 commercial heavy lift helicopters. Sikorsky is under contract to deliver Seahawk helicopters via the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales program to the Ministry of Defense.

 

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