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Saudi Arabia Defence and Security Report Q1 2015

  • ID: 3058410
  • December 2014
  • Region: Saudi Arabia
  • 84 pages
  • Business Monitor International
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BMI View: Within an extremely complex region, Saudi Arabia's security and defence situation faces a number of challenges both on the internal and external front. BMI thinks that Saudi Arabia's defence and security policy-making is been affected by internal political rivalry within the Kingdom. Our view is that it is unlikely to become involved in an interstate conflict, and that its traditional leverage in Yemen, where it has previously intervened has been weakened. We think that its decision to join the coalition against the Islamic State is illustrative of a continuing counter-terrorism policy in view of its fears of attacks inside the Kingdom.

On the interstate front, Saudi Arabia seems to be continuing attempts to improve its relations with Iran to iron out some of the regional instability. On Saudi Arabia's northern border in Q414, we saw Iran shift its position in favour of Maliki to whom King Abdullah was strongly opposed. On Saudi Arabia's southern border, we saw the two states seemingly cooperate in bringing about the Houthi advance in Yemen and both sides seem willing to strengthen the Lebanese army.

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BMI Industry View 7

SWOT Analysis 9

Saudi Arabia Security SWOT 9

Saudi Arabia Defence SWOT 11

Political 13

Economic 15

Industry Forecast 16

Defence Expenditure 16
Table: Defence Expenditure (Saudi Arabia 2012-2018) 16

Armed Forces 17
Table: Armed Forces Personnel (Saudi Arabia 2004-2011) 18
Table: Manpower Available For Military Service (Saudi Arabia 2011-2018) 19

Defence Trade 19
Table: Defence Exports (Saudi Arabia 2012-2018) 21
Table: Defence Imports (Saudi Arabia 2011-2018) 22

Macroeconomic Forecasts 23

Economic Activity 23
Table: Saudi Arabia Infrastructure Segments - Bmi Views 30
Table: Economic Activity (Saudi Arabia 2009-2018) 31

Industry Risk Reward Ratings 32

Middle East And Africa Security Risk Index 32
Table: Middle East And Africa Regional Security Risk Index 32
Table: Middle East And Africa State Vulnerability To Terrorism Index 33

Saudi Arabia Security Risk Ratings 34

Market Overview 35

Saudi Arabia Defence Market Overview 35

Armed Forces 35
Table: Armed Forces - Order Of Battle 35

Air Force 40

Saudi Navy 43

Saudi National Guard 45

Saudi Air Defence Force 46
Table: Defence Force - Order Of Battle 46

Domestic Industries 48

Weapons Of Mass Destruction 49

Imports 49

Exports 50

Saudi Arabia Security Overview 51

Domestic Threats 51

Regional Threats And Relations 53

International Threats And Relations 55

Company Profile 57

BAE Systems 57

Thales International 59

Regional Overview 61

Middle East And North Africa Security Overview 61

Challenges And Threats To Stability And Security 61

Regional Power Dynamics 69

Nuclear Proliferation 72

External Powers 72

Global Industry Overview 75

Political Risk Analysis 75

Methodology 81

Industry Forecast Methodology 81

Sector-Specific Methodology 82

Sources 83

Security Risk Index Methodology 83
Table: Indicators And Weighting 84

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