Royal Saudi Air Defense

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Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces

Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces Logo2.svg
«Emblem of the Royal Air Defense Forces»
Founded 1955
Country Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Arabian Kingdom
Allegiance Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Branch Royal Armed Forces
Type Land Based Aerial Defence Network
Role Aerial Defence
Size 56,000 (2015 est.)[1]
Part of
Headquarters Riyadh
Minister of Defense Prince Mohammad Al Saud
Chairman of General Staff General Fayyadh Al Ruwaili
General Commander Lt. Gen. Mayzan al-Amro


Flag of the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces.svg

The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF) (Arabic: قوات الدفاع الجوي الملكي السعودي) is the fourth branch of Saudi Arabian 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". Archived from the original on 2 January 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  2. ^ Janes-Military-Communications, 5 July 2005, Peace Shield (Saudi Arabia), Systems Archived 28 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-01-23

External links

  • RSADF official website

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