Who We Are in the Middle East

Northrop Grumman has continued to grow its presence and expand the support it offers to customers, industry partners and universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Middle East countries for more than 45 years.

Northrop Grumman sold the F-5 Tiger tactical fighter jet to the Royal Saudi Air Force in 1971. In addition to providing the Longbow Fire Control Radars for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter, the company has been heavily involved in the training and development of Saudi military personnel, most notably providing technology services for the Ministry of the National Guard. In addition, Northrop Grumman works with Aramco on strategic site advanced protection.

In the United Arab Emirates, Northrop Grumman has been a leading provider of capabilities and technologies in defence, security, and communications, for example, the company is a key subcontractor for the UAE Air Force's F-16 Block 60 Desert Falcon.


Walid Abukhaled portrait Walid Abukhaled, Chief Executive for Middle East, Northrop Grumman Corporation Grey Separation Bar

In 2016, Walid Abukhaled was named chief executive, Northrop Grumman Middle East in order to oversee company interests across the entire Middle East region. Previously, Abukhaled was chief executive for the company in Saudi Arabia, based 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. Abukhaled has been actively involved in various business communities, serving as a member of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, the American Business Group in Riyadh, the US-UAE Business Council, and AmCham Abu Dhabi.

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.