It is possible now that Italy removed its sanctions on arms trade with KSA..Riyadh reports expect the Saudi Defense Ministry and Saudi Military Industries (SAMI) to expand ties with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The article by Giuseppe Gaglianowww.vogon.today
You find the answers in this thread..check it out..I have a question.
How much work is done in Saudi Arabia (Zamil Offshore etc.) in relation to that Navantia deal signed with Spain?
I found this article.
RIYADH: Zamil Offshore, a leading Saudi shipbuilder, joined Spanish Navantia in building interceptors as it has many orders for the vessels from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. The company commissioned Navantia to design and build five Avante 2200 corvettes for the RSNF through a comprehensive...www.arabnews.com
Also what are the future plans of the Saudi Arabian Navy? Is it not a bit underwhelming considering the huge coastline of KSA and the fact that Saudi Arabia has one of the largest shipping fleets in the world and some of the busiest ports in the world? Not to mention the whole gas and oil trade and sector. Looking at it from the outside it looks really underwhelming compared to the RSAF and the land forces. I could be wrong though.
Is SAMI or other local defense firms turning their attention to the naval sector? Something that I also started wondering about once the Yemen conflict began, would/are Saudi Arabia interested in building a permanent presence in coastal eastern Yemen thus securing access to the Arabian Sea?