Who We Are
Northrop Grumman has had a partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than three decades, when it first sold the F-5 Tiger tactical fighter jet to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). We continue to grow our presence and expand the support we offer to customers, industry partners and Universities in the Kingdom.
In addition to providing a range of capabilities and technologies in defense, security, Cyber security and communications, such as the Longbow Fire Control Radars (FCRs) for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, Northrop Grumman has been heavily involved in the training and development of the Saudi military personnel, most notably providing technical services for the Ministry of the National Guard. In addition, Northrop Grumman works with ARAMCO on strategic site advanced protection.
Northrop Grumman is a global leader in the defense and Security industry and has a well-established international presence and maintains a network of more than 30 regional business development offices serving customers in key international markets around the world.
In 2016, Walid Abukhaled was named chief executive, Northrop Grumman Middle East, to include company interests across the entire Middle East region. Previously, Abukhaled was chief executive, Northrop Grumman Saudi Arabia, based in our corporate office in Riyadh. In that position, he was responsible for leading the company’s operations in the Kingdom, accelerating growth and exploring opportunities for public-private partnerships.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Abukhaled was Deputy Minister for Industrial Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in Riyadh. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of General Electric (GE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, during which time he led the company’s operations and strategy for growth. Before joining GE, Abukhaled worked for BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years, including serving as director of portfolio management.