PARIS AIR SHOWL3 Technologies [LLL] is to help Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) develop electro-optical and infrared sensors and special mission systems for use by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) under a joint venture agreement signed between the companies here on June 18.

L3 Technologies CEO Christopher Kubasik said that through the partnership L3 “will further establish a long-term presence within the KSA.”

“This venture with SAMI, which includes research and development, manufacturing, training and sustainment activities, represents a key milestone in the further development and execution of L3’s international growth strategy.”

L3 and SAMI are to design and produce the sensor systems from a Center of Excellence to be established in KSA, according to L3.

SAMI Chairman H.E. Ahmed Al-Khateeb said that the joint venture will support the goals of a KSA modernization plan–Saudi Vision 2030–and that the partnership with L3 “will help grow the sensor and mission systems industry while creating a comprehensive through-life support structure for our military customers.”

Last year, L3 Technologies established boards in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom to help focus its international growth in key regions. Kubasik has said that L3 is targeting those countries and seven others, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Singapore.