Saudi Arabia 

Total Military Force saudiarabiaflag
Active: 124,500

Army (75,000)
3 Armed Brigades
5 Mechanized Brigades
1 Airborne Brigade
1 Royal Guard Brigade
8 Artillery Battalions
1 Army Aviation Command with 2 Aviation Brigades

Navy (15,500)
Bases: Riyadh, Jeddah, Jizan, Al Wajah, Jubail, Dammam, Ras al Mishah, Ras al Ghar

Air Force (18,000)
294 Combat Aircrafts 0 Armed Helicopters


Air Defense Force (16,000)
33 SAM Batteries

National Guard (75,000)
3 Mechanized Infantry Battalions
5 Infantry Brigades
1 Ceremonial Cavalry Squadron

Forces Abroad and Foreign Forces
 The following forces are currently stationed in the Spain:
Peninsula Shield Force: 10,000

Paramilitary (15,500+)
Frontier Force: 10,500
Coast Guard: 4,500
General Civil Defense Administration Unites: 10 KV-107 Helicopters
Special Security Force: 500

Strategic Force
The Saudi inclination to buy security may have included attempts to acquire nuclear weapons, according to a Saudi defector. Mohammed Khilewi, first secretary at the Saudi mission to the United Nations until July 1994, said that the Saudis have sought a bomb since 1975. According to Khilewi, the Saudis sought to buy nuclear reactors from China, supported Pakistan's nuclear program, and contributed $5 billion to Iraq's nuclear weapons program between 1985 and 1990. If true, these actions would violate Saudi commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which Saudi Arabia signed in 1988 to ease concern over their purchase of long-range Chinese ballistic missiles.

For More Information See Links.
Saudi Arabia *
2001
2002
2003
GDP
176bn
185bn
 
Defense Exp
24.7bn
22.2bn
 
Defense Bdgt
21.1bn
18.5bn
18.4bn


* All figures in US dollars.

 

Land Warfare

Armored Vehicles

Al-Fahd Al-Faris

 

Links:

FAS on Saudi Arabia's Weapons Program

The International Institute for Strategic Studies

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