History and Vision
Alan Chinoda, Chief Executive for Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia
Lockheed Martin’s relationship with Saudi Arabia began in 1965 with the first delivery of the Kingdom’s C-130 Hercules airlifter. Since then, our business has diversified to other security solutions such as integrated air and missile defense, and maritime and civilian applications such as satellite communications, air traffic control and energy solutions. With more than 50 years of experience as a trusted government and industry partner with the Kingdom, our presence in the country is focused on supporting economic diversification and the realization of the national objectives defined in the Saudi Vision 2030 development plan, through the deployment of technological solutions that promote long-term growth.
Today, Saudi Arabia is home to one of the largest fleets of Hercules airlifters in the world. We’ve significantly expanded our presence in the Kingdom, as we develop partnerships that have created local jobs in the security, aerospace and commercial sectors. That expansion continues today. In 2016, we officially opened our new sustainment facility, where advanced sensor systems for Saudi Arabia’s fleet of F-15 aircraft will be repaired. The new center is a collaboration with one of Saudi Arabia’s leading electronic engineering firms, Advanced Electronics Company, and represents one of many valuable partnerships – partnerships that, together with our training programs, help to unleash the energy and creativity of the Saudi people.
Saudi Vision 2030 includes a directive for the Kingdom’s defense industry to be localized. In support of efforts to build a robust national industrial base, Lockheed Martin supports the achievement of the country’s security ambitions through various strategic partnerships with leading Saudi companies.