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Analysis: Saudi Arabia - A close customer (part 2 - air)

14th December 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in London


As we have already seen in Part 1 – Land, the close defence relationship between Saudi Arabia's ruling House of Saud and Western governments is built on a series of huge contracts for new and upgraded tanks and armoured vehicles that makes the Saudi land forces the most modern in the region.

But the money spent on ground equipment is chicken feed compared to that spent on the air force. The helicopters, fighters and bombers and the transport aircraft bought from the US and Europe far exceed the land and maritime domains and is where the relationship is closest

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Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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