Riyadh, March 29: China is set to open the first drone factory in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia granted the permission. Notably, the permission was given by Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his recent meet with his Chinese counterpart. Now China will soon construct the first unmanned aerial vehicle factory to help Saudi Arabia in developing drone manufacturing.
Saudi Arabia’s key science and technology organization confirmed that the factory's setup was agreed during King Salman's visit to China this month. The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed a partnership agreement on March 16 with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which manufactures China's CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Interestingly, the new drone agreement facilitates the construction of CH-4 unmanned aerial vehicles. The location is also intended to promote after-sales services for China's clients in the Middle East in addition to satisfying Saudi orders.
Earlier in March, Chinese and Saudi Arabian government officials signaled closer ties by forging an economic pact valued at roughly $65 billion. Saudi King Salman met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign the deal.
The CH-4 has recorded outstanding performance in anti-terrorist attacks in Iraq, Yemen, as well as in Africa’s Sudan, Ethiopia and China’s neighboring Pakistan. Importantly, the CH-3 is designed to perform various military functions including reconnaissance and combat operations. The platform is already in service in Egypt, Iraq and Jordan.