‘Pull’ Based Projects
SADEC: Saudi Arabian Defense Electronics Company
Saudi Arabia is one of the leading countries in terms of defense budget size, yet much of that budget is spent abroad. To support the localization efforts of the defense sector, in September 2013, Turkey and Saudi Arabia ratified an agreement to increase defense industry co-operation by improving industry capabilities for both countries. From this agreement, a joint venture between the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (Aselsan) and TAQNIA Defense and Security Technologies (DST) was established during December 2016. TAQNIA Defense and Security Technologies will build a local facility to design, develop, test, manufacture, and sell electronic warfare, radars, and electro-optic systems for military and civil applications. Saudi Arabian Defense Electronics Company (SADEC) will operate the facility and will participate in training the 1,000 Saudi engineers and technicians this facility is expected to create. TAQNIA will leverage the Communication and Information Technology Research Institute at KACST to ensure the success of this partnership.
IXP: Saudi Internet Exchange Point
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has selected TAQNIA Cyber to implement and operate the Saudi Internet Exchange Point. The National Internet Exchange (IXP) is a physical infrastructure that interconnects Data Services Providers (DSP) in the country.
One of the many benefits provided by the IXP is to potentially avoid the need for data to travel to other cities and most likely other continents (to travel from one network to another) and by doing so reducing interconnection and bandwidth costs. Moreover, it will enable higher rates of data exchange (Broadband) as well as enhance quality and experience for internet users. Most importantly, it ensures the switching of all national internet traffic nationally which improves network and data security. To serve the market demand, TAQNIA Cyber will leverage the capabilities available at KACST’s Communication and Information Technology Research Institute to ensure the successful implementation of this project in Saudi Arabia.
Aero: Connectivity Services
TAQNIA Space has decided to tackle the issue of passengers being disconnected from the internet during their flights through establishing a reliable platform to enable e-mail, social networking, and live streaming at 36,000 feet for passengers connected to the TAQNIA Space Company Aero Platform. In partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines, TAQNIA Space will begin outfitting SAUDIA’S planes in 2017 and scale it to the entire fleet until it covers both domestic and long haul flights. To ensure this project’s seamless success, TAQNIA Space will leverage experts from the Communication and Information Technology Research Institute as well as the Space and Aeronautics Research Institute at KACST. Utilizing their Aero Platform, TAQNIA Space will be providing the proper bandwidth to seamlessly support Live TV, on-board voice/GSM, and broadband internet connectivity to connect passengers throughout their flights on the SAUDIA fleet. TAQNIA Space is currently discussing the potential collaboration to provide this service to other world class airlines.
Helicopter Production in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
In February 2016, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, signed an agreement to establish a joint venture with TAQNIA Aeronautics that will jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in Saudi Arabia. This agreement outlines the investment required, technology specification, and skills needed to establish a multi mission utility/attack helicopter final assembly line to produce Sikorsky S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopters in Saudi Arabia. Establishing the assembly line will provide high-skilled production jobs for Saudi citizens, enable technology transfer, and increase localization of the defense sector expenditure. TAQNIA will leverage its relationship with the Space and Aeronautics Research Institute at KACST to ensure the success of this partnership, as previously done with the ANTONOV Project (AN-132), which has worked well. TAQNIA Aeronautics will market the Black Hawk aircraft to members of the Islamic Alliance as well as other local companies such as Saudi ARAMCO.