Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia
Capital: Riyadh

1948- Sent more than 3,000 troops to fight against israel.
1967- Deployed 20,000 soldiers to be stationed in Jordan.
1973- Along with other Gulf Arab nations, Saudi Arabia protested U.S. involvement in the 1973 Yom Kippur War (Ramadan War) by raising oil prices. Sent over 3,000 of their soldiers who were stationed in Jordan to fight against israel on the front lines in Syria against the israelis.

1990-1991- Along with other Gulf Arab military forces, Saudi Arabian soldiers took part in the Battle of Khafji against Iraqi forces in the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces. International ground forces were stationed in Saudi Arabia and the ground war was launched from Saudi territory.

2008-2013- The Saudis are key supporters of terrorist groups that destroyed Libya and currently create carnage and chaos in Syria and Iraq.

2015- A Saudi led coalition of military forces have been blowing up and murdering predominately civilians in Yemen since 2015.

Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force

To purchase GROM short range ballistic missiles from Ukraine?

DF-3 (CSS-2) Chinese made intermediate range ballistic missiles (80)

Al Watah ballistic missile base- Approximately 200 km southwest of Riyadh in central Saudi Arabia.

Al Sulayyil ballistic missile base- 450 km southwest of Riyadh.
Al Jufayr ballistic missile base- 90 km south of Riyadh. 

Royal Saudi Air Force
20,000 personnel

Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft (24 currently. 48 more on order)

F-15 fighter aircraft (109 total)

F-15C (84)
F-15D (25)

F-15E Strike Eagle (72)

Panavia Tornado ADV. To be bought back by the U.K. and replaced with Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. (24)

Tornado IDS fighter/bomber aircraft

F-5 Freedom Fighter II fighter aircraft. Withdrawn from front line service. Used for training. (120 total)
F-5E (83)
F-5F (37)

BAe Hawk trainer aircraft (50)

BAe Jetstream trainer aircraft (2)
MFI-395 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft (20)
Pilatus PC-9 trainer aircraft (50)
Reims Cessna F172 trainer aircraft (16)

E-3 Sentry AWACS (5)

KE-3A air refueling aircraft (8)
KC-130H refueling aircraft (7)
C-130 transport aircraft (30)

CASA CN-235 transport aircraft (4)
Airbus A340 transport aircraft (1)
Airbus A330 transport aircraft (1 on order)
Boeing 757 aircraft used for medical transport (1)
Boeing 747 transport aircraft (2)
BAe 125 transport aircraft (4)
Boeing Business Jet (2)
Cessna 550 Citation aircraft (4)
Gulfstream III aircraft (2)
Gulfstream V aircraft (2)
Learjet 35 aircraft used for medical transport (2)
Lockheed L-100 aircraft (6)
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft (1)
Bell 212 helicopters (27)
Agusta Bell AS-61 helicopters (3)
Bell 205 helicopters (24)
Bell 412 helicopters (2)
Eurocopter AS.532 Cougar helicopters (12)

Eurocopter AS.365 Dauphin helicopters (24)
Eurocopter SA.332 Super Puma helicopters (13)
Kawasaki Vertol 107 helicopters used by Ministry of the Interior (18)

IRIS-T air-to-air missiles
Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles

Wing Loong I unmanned combat aerial vehicles
CH-4 unmanned combat aerial vehicles

Royal Saudi Navy
20,000 personnel

Western Fleet based along the Red Sea. Naval head quarters Riyadh.
Eastern Fleet based in the Persian Gulf. Main base in Jeddah.
Dammam is home port to 2 Saudi royal family yachts.

Frigates with Exocet anti-ship missiles (3)
Frigates with Otomat anti-ship missiles (4)
Corvettes with Harpoon anti-ship missiles (4)
Missile Patrol Boats with Harpoon anti-ship missiles (9)

Mine Warfare vessels (3)
Oil Tanker ships (2)

AS.532 Cougar Mk II helicopters (12)
Eurocopter AS.365 Dauphin helicopters (24)

3,000 personnel

150,000 personnel

M1A2 Abrams tanks (315)
M1A2S Abrams tanks (58)
Leopard 2A7 tanks (244)
M60A1/A3 tanks (460)

AMX-30 tanks (320)
M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (400)
Al Fahd 8 wheeled armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles. Saudi made. (100)
Al Shibl 4x4 wheeled armored vehicles. Saudi made.

Al Faris armored personnel carriers
AMX-10P infantry fighting vehicles (570)
M113 armored personnel carriers (3,000)

EE-11 Urutu armored personnel carriers (20)
Panhard M3 armored personnel carriers (300)
Panhard AML-60/90 armored vehicles (300)
HMMWV utility vehicles (15,000+?)

ASTROS II multiple rocket launchers (60+)

PLZ-45 self propelled 155mm howitzers (45)
M109 self propelled 155mm howitzers (280)
AMX GCT self propelled 155mm howitzers (90)
CAESAR self propelled 155mm howitzers

M198 towed 155mm howitzers (120+)
FH-70 towed 155mm howitzers (72+)
M102 towed 105mm howitzers (140)

M224 mortars
Brandt 60mm LR gun/mortar
M30 107mm mortars

FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles
Swingfire anti-tank guided missiles
BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles
Ukrainian made Skif anti-tank guided missiles?
Ukrainian made Corsar anti-tank guided missiles?

M203 under barrel grenade launchers

Army Aviation
AH-64D Apache attack helicopters (70)
Bell 406CS Combat Scout attack helicopters (13)
Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters (12)
Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters (90)

Saudi Air Defense Force
Separate branch of the military
16,000 personnel

MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles
Improved Hawk surface-to-air missiles
Silent Hunter laser air defense system made by Poly Technologies of China.
Lockheed Martin AN/FPS-117 long range, 3 dimensional, phased array radar.(17)
Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-43 3 dimensional radar. (6)
Remote controlled air/ground radio communications sites.

The Saudi “Peace Shield” radar network and air defense system is considered to be one of the most advanced in the world.

Airborne Brigade
Maroon berets

Military Police
Red berets

Special Forces

Saudi Arabian National Guard
125,000 personnel

Charged with defending the nation from external and internal security threats. Protection of certain facilities and installations.
Composed of members loyal to the royal family.
Always commanded by a member of the Saudi royal family.
Cadillac Gage Commando armored vehicles (being replaced by LAV-25 armored vehicles)
3 Mechanized brigades
5 Motorized infantry brigades
25,000 Fowj tribal militia

VL MICA air defense system?

Emergency Force
Special anti-terrorist unit.

Saudi Royal Guard Regiment
Composed of three light infantry battalions.

Ministry of the Interior

Department of Public Safety
Saudi Police

New black uniforms

Special police

Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV)
Mutaween (volunteers)
Religious police

General Investigation Directorate 
Al Mabahit al Ammah
Handles domestic security issues and counter intelligence.
Fall under the Ministry of the Interior

General Intelligence Presidency
External intelligence gathering agency.

Saudi companies
Saudi Aramco- Saudi Arabian Oil Company
Military Industries Corporation (MIC)
Prince Sultan Defense Studies and Research Center (PSDSARC)


  1. Your blog is good.
    But in this section in Saudi they have US military station in Thaif and saudi air force have a station near Madinah closed to a Royala Palce (it close to National Quran printing).
    KSA also stationed SANG in Mekkah like in Haram area or Madinah. They responsible to secure that area.
    Saudi have a military city.
    And why you not write about their police force? (They use brown uniform and black berret,if you umrah/hajj maybe you can see them guarding Imam maajidl haram/ secure kabah)

    1. Very interesting. You do realize that I am one person that works a full time job and I do this on my free time? I have about 5 sites now that I bounce back and forth from. I cannot input every ones police and military in one day. There are plenty of things that change on a daily basis that I have to look into. I do many translations for one language to another. I'm a very busy man. If I haven't gotten around to something, I'm sure I will eventually.