SAMI, Mohammed bin Salman's defence company, under pressure to deliver on Vision 2030
The new public entity responsible for joint ventures with Western defence companies is facing big challenges as it gets up and running. [...]
The deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia is the youngest defence minister in the world in a country where old age is the norm at the top. Surrounded by a younger guard, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has launched a number of reforms since his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz came to power, articulated around the Vision 2030 programme. His influence on the regime’s apparatus is growing, which has caused a certain amount of jealousy on the part of his rivals, most notably the crown prince and interior minister Mohammed Bin Nayef.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is looking to take back the initiative in a number of conflicts of influence that he himself started with Qatar, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and other parties. Four key figures are leading the Saudi official's offensive. [...]