Saudi Arabia Lays the Foundation for a Defense Industry of Its Own
Nov 9, 2018 | 20:05 GMT
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- Saudi Arabia has sought to lower its dependence on arms imports by building up its own defense industry, a process still in its infancy.
- Saudi Arabia has also considered diversifying the sources of its arms and has looked to suppliers in countries such as Russia and China.
- While the Saudis will make progress on building a defense industry that will provide economic benefits and increase their autonomy in the decade ahead, they will remain heavily dependent on their partnership with the United States.