SAMI Signs MoU with Turkish Defence Firms

SAMI Signs MoU with Turkish Defence Firms

Saudi Arabian SAMI has signed MoUs with three Turkish defence firms to contribute to its localised defence industry efforts. SAMI has announced the signing of MoUs with Baykar, ASELSAN, and Fergani (Baykar’s subsidiary for space systems). The MoU signed with Baykar covers establishing local production in Saudi Arabia for the firm’s UAV platforms.

Saudi Arabia has made a major purchase of AKINCI UCAVs for multiple branches of its armed forces with an aforementioned local production. The sale is worth $3 billion, breaking a record in defence exports.

The cooperation with ASELSAN involves the cooperation of electronic systems. This will likely involve systems to be used in AKINCI as well, with the UCAV set to use ASELSAN’s systems like ASELFLIR-500, ASELFLIR-600, and MURAD AESA radar. 

However, this might also extend to guided munitions to be provided alongside AKINCI. The cooperation with Fergani is aimed at the joint development of space systems. The Gulf country has been interested in entering the sector in the last few years. 

Fergani is currently developing small-sized satellites for a variety of applications. The total value of trade between the two countries reached $6.8 billion in 2023, of which $2.62 billion are Turkish exports to Saudi Arabia.