Royal Saudi Air Defense

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Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces

Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces Logo2.svg
«Seal of the Royal Air Defense Force»
Founded Part of the Army in 1955; (63 years)
Country Royal Standard of Saudi Arabia.svg Arabian Kingdom
Allegiance Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Branch Saudi Armed Forces (as of 1966)
Type Land Based Aerial Defence Network
Role Aerial Defence
Size 40,000 full-time personnel
16,000 reservists personnel
56,000[1] total (2015 est.)
Part of
  • MODA (as of 1955)
    JSP (as of 1983)
Headquarters King Rd, Al Wazarat, Riyadh
Minister of Defense
Crown Prince Mohammad Al Saud
Chief of Joint Staff
General Abdul Rahman Al Banyan
Commander of Air Defense Forces
Lt. General Mayzan al-Amro


Flag of the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces.svg

The Royal Saudi Air Defense (RSADF) (Arabic: قوات الدفاع الجوية الملكية السعودية) is the fourth branch of Royal Saudi Armed Forces. It was a part of the Army until 1966, when it was made independent by Field Marshal Khalid bin Sultan. The RSADF has its headquarters in Riyadh (Air Defense Ministry Building designed by Arthur Erickson Architects with Bing Thom), there is also here an elaborate underground command facility that co-ordinates Saudi Arabia's advanced "Peace Shield" radar and air defence system.

Peace Shield



  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia spends 25% of its budget on its military — here's what it has for the money".
  2. ^ Janes-Military-Communications, 5 July 2005, Peace Shield (Saudi Arabia), Systems Retrieved 2012-01-23

External links

  • RSADF official website

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