Royal Saudi Air Defense
|Royal Saudi Arabia Air Defense Forces|
«Seal of the Royal Air Defense Force»
|Founded||Part of the Army in 1955; (62 years ago)|
|Allegiance||Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques|
|Branch||Saudi Military Forces (as of 1966)|
|Type||Land Based Aerial Defence Network|
|Size||40,000 full-time personnel
16,000 reservists personnel
56,000 total personnel (2015 est.)
|Headquarters||King Rd, Al Wazarat, Riyadh|
||Prince Mohammad Al Saud|
||General Abdul Rahman Al Banyan|
||Lt. General Muhammed Awad Asheim|
The Royal Saudi Air Defence (RSADF) (Arabic: قوات الـدفاع الجوي الـملكية السعودية) is the fourth branch of Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces. It was a part of the Army until 1966, when it was made independent by Field Marshal Khalid bin Sultan. The RSADF has its headquarters in Riyadh (Air Defence Ministry Building designed by Arthur Erickson Architects with Bing Thom), there is also here an elaborate underground command facility that co-ordinates Saudi Arabia's advanced "Peace Shield" radar and air defence system.
- Remote-controlled air/ground radio communications sites.
- 17 Lockheed Martin AN/FPS-117 long-range phased array, 3-dimensional air search radar.
- 6 Northrop-Grumman AN/TPS-43 portable 3-dimensional tactical air search radar.
- Raytheon Improved HAWK air defence missile system.
- Raytheon MIM-104 Patriot air defence missile system
- Oerlikon Contraves [Skyguard 35mm] Twin Cannon Short Range air defence system
- "Saudi Arabia spends 25% of its budget on its military — here's what it has for the money". www.uk.businessinsider.com.
- Janes-Military-Communications, 5 July 2005, Peace Shield (Saudi Arabia), Systems Retrieved 2012-01-23