Military Industries Corporation

Military industries are an important tributary for satisfying the requirments of the Armed Forces branches from live ammunition, equipment, arms and spare parts. This is a significant factor in the transfer and Saudization of modern technology. By this token, in 1406H [1986G], a Royal Approval was issued to transform the Military Factories to the Military Industries Corporation (MIC); a general organization to be able to build an integrated industrial base for military industries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, This would then contribute in boosting industrial production, technology transfer, and achieve industrial integration with the private sector. 

A Historical Perspective
The notion of delegating the assembly, maintenance and advancement of the kingdom's military powerss to a sovereign entity was first introduced by His Majesty King Abdulaziz Al Saud (may Allah rest his soul) in 1368H (1949G). A Royal decree was issued, stipulating the establishment of a weapons and artillery plant, and in 1369H (1950) in the Gregorian month of September, contract agreements were concluded with two corporations for the supply of the necessary equipment's and apparatuses to be installed at the premises of the new factory.
This feat was undertaken with a number of significant objectives in mind, primarily aimed at achieving self-sufficiency for the Saudi Army. It sought to assert the sovereignty of the Kingdom’s Armed Forces and other military sectors insofar as weaponry and ammunition supplies, and aimed to further enhance the training and employment of Saudi nationals. A further key objective was to successfully assimilate and implement relevant industry technologies.

​In the year 1370H (1951G) the laying of the cornerstone of the Ammunition Factory was witnessed, with the subsequentl inauguration in 1373H (1953G) by His Majesty King Saud Bin Abdulaziz (May Allah rest his soul) and production thereby commenced for the very first time.
​Meanwhile, tremendous efforts paved the way for acquiring the necessary expertise and for properly training local personnel to ensure a smooth, efficient and satisfactory operation at all times.

The MIC seeks to accommodate the needs and requirements of the Kingdom’s military sectors, on the basis of the following six primary strategic premises:
1) Recruiting, developing and retaining a national work force.
2) Preserving MIC factories and plants and working to develop and sustain them continuously
3) Accommodating the various needs through development, manufacturing, assembly and supply
4) Achieving integration among MIC, the military sectors and government agencies
5) Cooperating with private sector entities, locally and internationally, especially in the field of joint manufacturing
6) Endorsing scientific research and industrial innovation, which utilizing the latest industrial and IT technologies

The MIC mission is to actively develop its military factories to accommodate advanced military manufacturing, thereby satisfying the needs of the military sector and to contribute in developing the Kingdom’s military base through technology transfer. The MIC also seeks to enhance the strategic importance of the Kingdom, attract Saudi youth to the industrial sector and develop maintenance centers.

Building a sound military industrial base within the Kingdom, thereby nurturing the establishment of military industries that are capable of keeping up with advancements in the Armed Forces
Recruiting and qualifying local technical and administrative personnel to work in these industries
Devising scientific and practical plans to guide human resources in the Kingdom in the realm of military industries
Satisfying the requirements of the Saudi Armed Forces as well as the needs of other military sectors
Conducting studies and research initiatives in collaboration with national and international Universities and Research Centers
Technology transfer and establishing research centers to increase the effectiveness​​ of weapons and other products

MIC Board of Directors
His Royal Highness, the Minister of Defense heads MIC Board of Directors.
It also includes the following members:​
His Excellency the Minister of Finance
His Excellency the Minister of Commerce and Investment
His Excellency the Chairman of King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology
His Excellency the Director of Staff
His Excellency MIC Director General
Three members nominated from the private sector

Human Resources Division
The MIC is a public corporation enjoying independent financial and administrative status, applying Civilian Service and Labor regulations for its employees.
The Corporation is firmly committed to providing a first class working environment and ideal conditions for its recruits to foster and increase productivity. This is in addition to availing a spectrum of auxiliary services and benefits including health care, medical insurance, sustained training programs and other benefits.
The MIC has also established housing facilities that comprise 1,200 units equipped with all amenities and utilities. These include schools, convenience stores, and health and recreation facilities.
The MIC actively seeks to support its' employees professionally and vocationally through training programs and skill-enhancing workshops. No effort or expense is spared availing the necessary facilities and channels to help recruits perform and advance.