Saudi Arabia Defence and Security Report Q2 2014

  • January 2014
  • -
  • Business Monitor International
  • -
  • 95 pages

Includes 3 FREE quarterly updates

Like many aspects of Saudi Arabia's security posture, the country has traditionally been highly secretive
regarding the size of its defence budget. It does not reveal or publish its annual spending levels, or the levels
of its defence imports and exports. In 2013, BMI anticipated that the country spent US$68.8bn on defence.
We expect increases in defence spending to US$78.2bn in 2014
It was reported in November 2013 that Saudi Arabia was considering the purchase of conventional hunterkiller
submarines from Germany. Riyadh is thought to be especially interested in the Type-209 boat which
is built by German shipbuilders.
Underlining the threat that Saudi Arabia continues to face from internal terrorism, five Al-Qaeda militants
were convicted in a Saudi court in January 2014 of a plot to attack an oil refinery in the city of Yanbu on the
country's Red Sea coast. They were given prison sentences of up to 25 years, and the individuals included
15 Saudi nationals and a Yemeni. Earlier in late December 2013, Saudi Arabia announced that it had closed
down an al-Qaeda cell, in cooperation with the authorities in the United Arab Emirates, thought to be
planning attacks throughout the Kingdom.

Table Of Contents

Saudi Arabia Defence and Security Report Q2 2014
BMI Industry View 7
SWOT 8
Saudi Arabia Security SWOT 8
Saudi Arabia Defence SWOT 10
Political 12
Economic 14
Business Environment 15
Industry Forecast 16
Defence Expenditure 16
Table: Saudi Arabia Defence Expenditure 2010-2017 17
Table: Saudi Arabia Defence Expenditure Scenario - Changing % Of GDP, 2010-2017 (US$mn) 17
Armed Forces 18
Table: Saudi Arabia Armed Forces ('000 personnel, unless otherwise stated) 19
Table: Saudi Arabia Manpower Available For Military Service, 2010-2017 (aged 16-49 unless otherwise stated) 19
Defence Trade 20
Exports 20
Table: Saudi Arabia Defence Exports (US$mn) 21
Imports 21
Table: Saudi Arabia Defence Imports (US$mn) 22
Macroeconomic Forecasts 23
Table: Saudi Arabia - Economic Activity 33
Industry Risk Reward Ratings 34
MENA Security Risk Ratings 34
Table: Middle East And Africa Regional Security Ratings 34
Table: Middle East And Africa State Vulnerability To Terrorism Index 35
Saudi Arabia Security Rating 35
Market Overview 37
Saudi Arabia Defence Market Overview 37
Armed Forces 37
Domestic Industries 48
Weapons of Mass Destruction 49
Imports 50
Exports 51
Saudi Arabia Security Market Overview 51
Domestic Threats 51
Regional Threats 58
International Threats 61
Company Profile 62
BAE Systems 62
Thales International 64
Regional Overview 66
Middle East and Africa Security Overview 66
Global Industry Overview 82
Global Political Outlook 82
Table: ELECTION TIMETABLE, 2014 86
Methodology 91
Industry Forecast Methodology 91
Sector-Specific Methodology 92
Sources 93
Risk/Reward Rating Methodology 93
Sector-Specific Methodology 93
Table: Security Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators 94
Table: Weighting Of Indicators 95

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