L3Harris Technologies and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) are collaborating to establish rotary and fixed-wing flight training and aircraft maintainer programs for the Royal Saudi Armed Forces.
L3Harris and AEC, a Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company, will deliver military training solutions to develop pilots and maintenance technicians, as well as provide performance-based logistics to the armed forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“L3Harris and AEC are expanding our more than nine-year relationship to bring advanced training and simulation technologies to the Royal Saudi Armed Forces fleet. This collaboration will help to enhance flight safety and operational performance, and improves cost efficiency,” said Lenny Genna, President, L3Harris Military Training.
Commenting on the teaming agreement, Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, President and CEO of AEC, said: “We are pleased to partner with L3Harris Technologies to further our credentials in rotorcraft simulation as part of our military and defense capacity-building efforts. The agreement will allow AEC to leverage the unmatched expertise of two major industry leaders combined to deliver on Saudi Arabia’s ambitious goals, including localizing 50% of its military and security spending and creating new employment opportunities in the country as envisaged in the Saudi Vision 2030, through the transfer of technology and know-how.”
“SAMI, AEC, and L3Harris Technologies will work closely together to explore new avenues of collaboration opportunities to contribute to the development of a self-sufficient military industries sector in the Kingdom,” he added.
L3Harris previously designed, developed, tested and fielded the first UH-60A/L Blackhawk Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) for the Royal Saudi Armed Forces. The team continues to support that trainer while assembling and preparing for acceptance testing of two additional UH-60A/L OFT trainers at AEC’s facility in Riyadh.
L3Harris’ training solutions apply high-fidelity simulators and other trainers to maximize operational readiness and reduce overall cost by replicating multi-aircraft training events and tailored operational scenarios. The training conducted on these devices enhances safety, performance and cost efficiency, and accelerates learning through the highly immersive training experiences.
L3Harris is a leader in providing platform operators and maintainers with total training solutions that improve training effectiveness and efficiency, and lower life-cycle costs in a secure cyber environment. The company’s innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. L3Harris Military Training has delivered military and commercial training systems to customer locations throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim and North America.
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and 50,000 employees, with customers in 130 countries.
AEC has emerged as a national leader in the field of modern electronics, manufacturing capabilities, and repair and maintenance services. With a 100% completion rate of projects, our specialization spans across defense, energy, ICT, and security services.
Starting out as a renowned firm in the electronics industry, AEC has evolved as a core ally of the Government of Saudi Arabia in localizing military manufacturing, deploying smart technologies, and accelerating industrial and commercial growth.
AEC has channeled all its capacities towards meeting the benchmarks rolled out under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Program.
In June 2019, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) announced the signing of a Term Sheet Agreement to acquire 100% ownership in AEC.