Taqnia Aeronautics and Sikorsky signed an agreement to explore helicopter business opportunities in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was signed on the opening day of the AFED Local Manufacturing Exhibition in Riyadh by retired Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Ghamdi, Taqnia Aeronautics CEO, and Anand Stanley, Sikorsky VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“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 Maj. Gen. Al-Ghamdi.
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 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-92 commercial heavy-lift helicopters. Sikorsky is under contract to deliver Seakhawk helicopters via the U.S. Government’s Foreign Military Sales program to the Ministry of Defense.