Saudi Arabia has granted permission for a Chinese firm to set up
the Middle East's first drone factory, which will manufacture
hunter-killer aerial drones.
The kingdom's key science and
technology organisation confirmed that the factory's setup was agreed
during King Salman's visit to China this month.
According to IHS
Jane's Defence Weekly, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and
Technology (KACST) signed a partnership agreement on March 16 with the
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which
manufactures China's CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
this month, Saudi Arabia and China signed $65 billion in deals relating
to energy, culture, education and technology during the Saudi monarch's
The Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company
(TAQNIA) had also signed a protocol with China's Aerospace Long-March
International Trade (ALIT) for the drone production line in February,
the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday.
March, China's Chengdu Aircraft Design and Research Institute said its
latest combat drone rivals the United States MQ-9 Reaper. It added that
it may turn out to be China's "biggest export deal".
institute tested a yellow prototype of its new Wing Loong II in a
31-minute test flight last week, Chinese state media reported.