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WDS 2022: MoUs reflect role for Navantia in Saudi defence sector

8th March 2022 - 18:57 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Riyadh

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Avante 2200 model on display at WDS 2022. (Photo: Leonid Nersisyan)

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia sealed MoUs with Zamil Offshore Service Company and the SAMI AEC during the World Defense Show 2022.

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia signed MoUs with two Saudi companies during the World Defense Show 2022 in Riyadh on 6-9 March.

Agreements with the Zamil Offshore Service Company and the SAMI Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) focus mainly on the localisation of maintenance for five Avante 2200 corvettes that Navantia built for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF). 

The initial contract for five Al Jubail-class corvettes (the designation of RSNF variant of Avante 2200) was signed in 2018 for €1.8 billion. The first-in-class Al Jubail will be commissioned into the RSNF in March 2023.

The MoU with Zamil covers through-life support for all five corvettes, as well

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Leonid Nersisyan

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Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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