Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince meets heads of top defense firms

Talks held with French firms Thales and Dassault on Saudization of the military industries

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Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, the second deputy prime minister and minister of defense, met in Riyadh on Thursday the heads of two of the top defense companies from Europe, Saudi Press Agency reported.

In separate meetings, Prince Mohammed bin Salman held discussions with Patrick Kane, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thales France Co., and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

During the meeting, they discussed means of Saudization of the military industries sectors comprising all its industrial, technical, training services and support services branches, in compliance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Thales France Co. is involved in wide-ranging sectors from Aerospace, Space and Defense to Security and Transportation.

Dassault Aviation SA is French aircraft manufacturer renowned for its military, regional, and business jets, a subsidiary of Dassault Group, founded in 1929.

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