Royal Saudi Air Defense

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Royal Saudi Arabia Air Defense Forces

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«Seal of the Royal Air Defense Force»
Founded Part of the Army in 1955; (62 years ago)
Country Royal Standard of Saudi Arabia.svg Arabian Kingdom
Allegiance Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Branch Ministry of Defense (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).png Saudi Military Forces (as of 1966)
Type Land Based Aerial Defence Network
Role Aerial Defence
Size 40,000[1] full-time personnel
16,000 reservists personnel
56,000 total personnel (2015 est.)
Part of
  • MODA (as of 1955)
    JSP (as of 1983)
Headquarters King Rd, Al Wazarat, Riyadh
Minister of Defense
Prince Mohammad Al Saud
Chief of Army Staff
General Abdul Rahman Al Banyan
Commander of Air Defense Forces
Lt. General Muhammed Awad Asheim

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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.

Peace Shield[edit]



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