Royal Saudi Air Defense
|Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces|
|Country||Kingdom of Saudi Arabia|
|Allegiance||Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques|
|Type||Land Based Aerial Defence Network|
|Size||40,000 active personnel|
|Headquarters||Ministry of Defence, Riyadh|
|Commander-in-Chief||Lieutenant General Mohammed Awad Asheim|
The Royal Saudi Air Defence (RSADF) (Arabic: قوات الـدفاع الـجوي الـملكية الـسعودية) is the fourth branch of Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces. It was a part of the Army until 1970, when it was made independent by Field Marshal Khalid bin Sultan. The RSADF has its headquarters in Riyadh, there is also here an elaborate underground command facility that co-ordinates Saudi Arabia's advanced "Peace Shield" radar and air defence system - reputed to be the most advanced radar network in the world.
- 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