BAE Systems Hawk trainer jets will be assembled and manufactured locally. ©  MyLoupe / Getty Images
BAE Systems Hawk trainer jets will be assembled and manufactured locally. © MyLoupe / Getty Images

Saudi fighter jet production boosts local supply chains

Saudi Arabia has launched the first of 22 BAE System Hawk trainer jets with parts manufactured locally through an intergovernmental programme.   

Saudi youth make up more than 70% of the workforce assembling the 22 Hawk aircraft, following more than two years of training at the hands of international expertise, said the state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA), as part of the Saudi-British Defence Cooperation Program involving more than 25 national companies.

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