Royal Saudi Air Defense
|Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces|
«Seal of the Royal Air Defense Force»
|Founded||Part of the Army in 1955; (63 years)|
|Allegiance||Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques|
|Branch||Saudi Armed Forces (as of 1966)|
|Type||Land Based Aerial Defence Network|
40,000 full-time personnel|
16,000 reservists personnel
56,000 total (2015 est.)
|Headquarters||King Rd, Al Wazarat, Riyadh|
|Crown Prince Mohammad Al Saud|
|General Abdul Rahman Al Banyan|
|Lt. General Mayzan al-Amro|
The Royal Saudi Air Defense (RSADF) (Arabic: قوات الدفاع الجوية الملكية السعودية) is the fourth branch of Royal Saudi 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 Defense 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 defense missile system.
- Raytheon MIM-104 Patriot air defense missile system
- Oerlikon Contraves Skyguard 35mm Twin Cannon Short Range air defense system
- Lockheed Martin THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense 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
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