The package represented a considerable improvement in the offensive capability of the Saudi armed forces. Retrieved 26 April Saudi pilots flew more than 7, sorties and Saudi troops took part in the battles around the Saudi town of Ra? This helicopter was armed with air-to-surface AS missiles.
As of , Saudi Arabia has around combat aircraft. Air Defense was part of the Army until when it was made a separate service. The total system includes sites. Originally an independent military force, the Royal Guards were incorporated into the Army in However, the Royal Guards still retained their unique mission of protecting the House of Saud.
The Royal Guards report directly to the king and for security reasons maintain a separate communications network from the regular Army. Members of the Royal Guard Regiment often wore the flowing white thaub robe and white kaffiyah and qutrah traditional Arab headgear of skullcap and scarf.
Royal Guardsmen wear bright green berets when in conventional uniforms. The Saudi Arabian National Guard is independent of the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and is organized into three mechanized infantry brigades, five infantry brigades, and one ceremonial cavalry squadron.
Saudi forces participated in the subsequent Operation Desert Storm: Saudi pilots flew more than 7, sorties and Saudi troops took part in the battles around the Saudi town of Ra? This was one of the stated motivations behind the September 11th terrorist attacks ,  as well as the Khobar Towers bombing.
On 5 November , the Royal Saudi Land Forces launched a sweeping ground offensive against Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels after they crossed the Saudi border in order to outflank the Yemeni Army, which had launched a military campaign against the Houthis to control and pacify the northern Yemeni mountains, and killed two Saudi border guards. The Saudi forces relied heavily on air power and artillery to soften the rebels without risking their men. The Saudi Army lost soldiers in the fighting against the rebels, with most of the casualties occurring when ground forces tried to move into areas that had been softened by shelling.
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Emblems of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. Riyadh had also received from Britain the first of six Sandown minesweepers, which the Saudi fleet named "al-Jauf. They would be operated alongside four American-built al-Dar'iyah class minesweepers, used by the Saudi Navy. The important program that Saudi Arabia was planning to implement for its navy was Sawari-2, which was approved in principle with France in early , preparatory to being ratified later in the year.
It included acquiring three new missile frigates, which were of the French La Fayette class. Information that surfaced during early indicated that Riyadh was expressing increased interest in the possibility of acquiring two or more missile frigates of the Canadian Halifax class.
These frigates were top-rated for anti-submarine duties. This indicated that the recent Saudi interest in acquiring these frigates was, apparently, a direct reaction to Iran's acquiring the Russian Kilo-class submarines.
In addition, Saudi planning had been ongoing for years concerning acquiring a submarine force, which would be composed of four to six units in a major program.
Riyadh had decided not to begin implementation of this project. Several world classes of new submarines were in competition to win this program in preparation for the decision to be made with regard to supplying the Saudi Navy with its requirements during the second half of the s, but this program remained on hold.
Saudi auxiliary holding are poorly characterized in the open literature. The fact of the existence of a number of "Radhwa" [the name of mountain in Medina] tugs is well attested - what was lacking is attestation of their association with the Saudi navy.
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has one of the best-funded defence forces in the Middle East. The kingdom spends 25% of its budget, or about $88 billion, on its military. In terms of manpower, Saudi Arabia has about , active personnel in its military, with , army troops. GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Royal Saudi Naval Force members, in conjunction with, the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) toured the Navy's only boot camp, Recruit Training Command (RTC), Nov. 7. WASHINGTON, May 23, - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a Navy blanket order training program.