The launch of the first locally manufactured HSI32 speed interceptor boats and the commissioning of the first Floating Dock, were announced by the Ministry of Defence and the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the launch is part of the plan for the localization of the military production according to the latest international specifications and standards. For the local production of the HSI32 in KSA, the French CMN Group and Zamil Offshore Services Company are cooperating.
The GAMI Governor Eng. Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ohali, the Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Admiral Fahd bin Abdulla Al-Ghufaili, the Ambassador of France to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia François Gouyette and other senior officials attended the ceremony, which took place at the headquarters of Zamil Offshore Services Company in the Eastern region.
Speaking in the ceremony the Commander of Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Admiral Fahd bin Abdulla Al-Ghufaili, said that that the localization of the fast patrol boats is an actual and realistic embodiment of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which, among others, aims in localizing 50% of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030, contributing to the development of the local industries.
He also characterized as a success of Zamil the signing of the agreement with CMN and praised CMN for its high credibility and the full commitment to the application of the highest standards of quality in the engineering of building boats.
The Saudi HSI32 program is materializing in the framework of the cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of France in the fields of military industrialization and security cooperation.
It reminded that the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, on Sunday, September 20, 2020 received and introduced into service the second and third batch of HSΙ32 fast patrol vessels build from the French firm CMN (Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie) Group.