Spain and Saudi sign $991 million dollar defence deal

A partnership to adapt navy ships between Spain and Saudi has sparked some criticism. Credit: Flickr

Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia, and the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) have signed a $991 million dollar deal earlier this week.

The partnership was announced at the Defence and Security Equipment international 2019 Exhibition in London.

The deal is to adapt Navantia’s combat management systems for Saudi navy corvette ships and is thought to be part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s modernisation programme called ‘Vision 2030’.

The joint venture between SAMI and Navantia has attracted some criticism after a UN report has openly criticised the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen and the supply of arms by countries such as the UK, the US, and France who have been accused of being complicit in “war crimes”.

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