Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia opened the Kingdom’s inaugural World Defense Show in Riyadh on Sunday, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The Crown Prince went on a tour of the purpose-built venue north of the city, which has roughly 600 exhibitors from 42 countries.
The virtual command and control center, which is equipped with some of the most advanced defense technologies, was briefed to Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The World Defense Show is part of the Kingdom’s effort to keep defense investment in the country.
According to al-Ekhbariya television, the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) declared on the first day of the show that it wants to create a locally made drone.
On Sunday, Chief Executive Walid Abukhaled was cited as saying that by 2030, more than half of military spending will be localized.
On the opening day of the show, EDGE, based in the United Arab Emirates, revealed that it was developing new homeland security technologies and a new type of armored vehicle, according to the UAE state news outlet WAM.
The show will run from Sunday to Wednesday.