First Saudi-Made Fast Interceptor Boat

The Ministry of Defence and the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) of Saudi Arabia announced yesterday the launch and localization of the first locally-manufactured HSI32 speed interceptor boats as well as the commissioning of the first floating dock.

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This is the first fast interceptor boat of the type (HSI32) manufactured locally. In its announcement on 14 October, the Saudi Ministry of Defence also announced the inauguration of the first floating dock, as part of the plan to localize military industries in the Kingdom, where they will be manufactured and resettled locally according to the latest international specifications and standards in partnership with a company French CMN and Zamil Marine Services.

The HSI32 is a fast interceptor boat that can be used to conduct sea strike operations, search and rescue (SAR), maritime security, sea safety, convoy protection, sea policing, anti-piracy, protection of vulnerable vessels and offshore installations, and control of illegal immigration, trafficking, and smuggling.

GAMI chief Ahmed Al-Ohali said at the ceremony that the manufacturing and localization of the HSI32 fast interceptor boat system is part of Saudi Arabia's strategic direction in terms of achieving national priorities, developing legislation for establishing industrial-military contracts, supporting and empowering local manufacturers, developing promising local companies to be pioneering companies, as well as supporting major national companies to strengthen their position globally.

He added that the speedboats system will contribute to raising the level of military and security readiness of the Royal Saudi Navy Forces and also will contribute to strengthening the maritime security force in the region and protecting the vital and strategic interests of the Kingdom.

Al-Ohali also noted that localizing of the manufacturing of these systems comes as part of Saudi Arabia's plan to move forward towards achieving its first strategic goal, which is to localise more than 50% of the Kingdom's spending on military equipment and services, in addition to expanding the scope and impact of the current capabilities by 2030.

This batch of fast interceptor boat system is the first locally-manufactured one, it comes as an extension of previous batches received by the Royal Saudi Navy from the French company (CMN) according to an agreement signed between the two parties. The agreement includes the manufacturing and supply of a number of speedboats of the type (HSI32). Part of it is manufactured in the Republic of France and the other part is manufactured and its technology is transferred locally to the Kingdom, within the framework of joint cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of France in the field of industrialisation and military cooperation.

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