RIYADH, March 27 (KUNA) -- President of South Africa Jacob Zuma and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz opened a joint projectiles complex at the Military Industries Corporation (MIC) in Al-Kharj governorate on Sunday.
The complex includes nine buildings for making, processing, packaging, assembling, filling, thermal treating, and testing various kinds of ammunition.
The complex is to produce military projectiles ranging from the shells of medium caliber such as mortar rounds (60 mm, 81 mm 120 mm), artillery shells of (105 mm and 155 mm) caliber and heavy shells such as aircraft bombs of weights of 500 pounds and up to 2,000 pounds, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The South African leader and the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince were briefed by MIC head Mohammad Almadhi on the complex and the MIC industrial activities, and made a statement during the event.
He said that complex was created with a license from the company (Rheinmetall Denel) for ammunition of South Africa at a cost of approximately (USD 240 million).
"It is designed to produce 300 artillery shells and 600 mortar projectiles a day," he said, adding that this plant will employ 130 engineers and workers. (end)