New Market Study Published: Saudi Arabia Defence & Security Report Q2 2011

Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Saudi Arabia Defence & Security Report Q2 2011", is now available at Fast Market Research
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March 24, 2011 - PRLog -- The largest ever arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the US looks set to cement the two countries' relationship. The proposed US$60bn arms package to Saudi Arabia, includes 84 new F-15 fighters (manufactured by Boeing), with upgrades for 70 more, and three helicopter types - 70 Apaches, 36 Little Birds (both also made by Boeing), as well as 72 Black Hawks (made by Sikorski). In addition, the US is discussing a US$30bn package to upgrade Saudi Arabia's navy.

The landmark arms deal between Saudi Arabia and the US is viewed as a win-win situation for both parties. The US will benefit from job creation, while Saudi Arabia will strengthen its position vis-o-vis Iran. The Saudi Arabian royal family depends on steady oil revenues and Western support to maintain its tight grip on the population. The loss of either one of these could lead to substantial unrest and potentially regime change over the long term.

Security risks in the region have been heightened by recent bomb threats. The discovery of two highly sophisticated devices in October 2010, hidden in printer cartridges, highlights the risks posed by al-Qaida in the region.

Saudi Arabia has generally seen improving relations with other neighbouring states following its consistent support Pakistan in the wake of the serious floods in that country. The main exception is Iran, which can be considered to be the main geo-strategic rival to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.

We forecast economic growth recovering from 2011 onwards in Saudi Arabia, benefitting from the massive uptick in government spending and gross fixed capital formation. Vast infrastructure plans and a record budget over the coming five years will boost Saudi Arabia's economy through 2014, with real GDP projected to expand an average 3.2% between 2011 and 2014.

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Report Table of Contents:

SWOT Analysis
- Saudi Arabia Security SWOT
- Saudi Arabia Defence Industry SWOT
- Saudi Arabia Political SWOT
- Saudi Arabia Economic SWOT
- Saudi Arabia Business Environment SWOT
Global Political Outlook
- The United States
- China
- Japan And The Koreas
- Russia
- Europe
- India
- Brazil
- Turkey
- Iran
- Egypt, Saudi Arabia And Pakistan
- Terrorism
- Africa
- Space
- Competition
- Wild Card In Global Politics
- Conclusion
Middle East Security Overview
- The Strategic Outlook For The 2010s
- The Middle East In A Global Context
- Challenges And Threats To Stability And Security
- Regional Power Dynamics
- Nuclear Proliferation
- External Powers
- The Outlook For The Middle East
Security Risk Analysis
- BMI's Security Ratings
- Table: Middle East And Africa Defence And Security Ratings
- Table: Middle East And North Africa State Vulnerability To Terrorism Index
- City Terrorism Rating
- Table: BMI's Middle East And North Africa City Terrorism Index
Political Overview
- Foreign Policy
Domestic Security Overview
- Internal Security Situation
- Table: Insurgent Groups
- External Security Situation
- Latest Developments
Armed Forces And Government Spending
- Armed Forces
- International Deployments
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction
Market Structure
- Arms Trade Overview
- Industry Trends And Developments
- Procurement Trends And Developments
- Procurement Background
Industry Forecast Scenario
- Armed Forces
- Table: Saudi Arabia's Armed Forces, 2000-2008 ('000 personnel)
- Table: Saudi Arabia's Available Manpower For Military Services, 2008-2015 (aged 16-49)
- Defence Expenditure
- Table: Saudi Arabia's Government Defence Expenditure, 2008-2015
- Table: Expenditure Scenario - Changing % Of GDP, 2008-2015 (US$mn)
- Defence Trade
- Table: Saudi Arabia's Arms And Ammunition Exports, 2008-2015 (US$mn)
- Key Risks To BMI's Forecast Scenario
- Macroeconomic Outlook
- Table: Saudi Arabia - Macroeconomic Activity, 2007-2015
Company Profiles
- BAE Systems
- Thales International
Country Snapshot: Saudi Arabia Demographic Data
- Section 1: Population
- Table: Demographic Indicators, 2005-2030
- Table: Rural/Urban Breakdown, 2005-2030
- Section 2: Education And Healthcare
- Table: Education, 2003-2005
- Table: Vital Statistics, 2005-2030
- Section 3: Labour Market And Spending Power
- Table: Employment Indicators, 1999-2006
- Table: Consumer Expenditure, 2000-2012 (US$)
BMI Methodology
- How We Generate Our Industry Forecasts
- Defence Industry
- City Terrorism Rating
- Table: Methodology
- Sources   

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