The 32-year-old prince is slated to meet with executives representing various programs in the company’s portfolio and participate in facility tours in Sunnyvale, Calif., a senior Lockheed Martin official said on the condition of anonymity.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the top clients of the Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor. Last year, the Saudis expressed intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin combat ships, aircraft and missile defense systems over the next 10 years.
“This week, we will continue our dialogue on the procurement opportunities and discuss how Lockheed Martin is helping the Saudi government realize His Majesty’s Vision 2030 objective of building its domestic technology capabilities and skilled workforce,” the senior Lockheed Martin official said without confirming the exact date of the prince’s visit.
What’s more, the upcoming visit will be the third time in the past two weeks that the crown prince has met with Hewson.
During his time at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale complex, the young Saudi prince will be given a briefing on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile defense system.
THAAD is one of the key elements in the U.S. military’s layered ballistic missile defense. It is one of most advanced missile systems on the planet and can hunt and blast incoming missiles right out of the sky from its truck-based launcher.
The interceptors fired from THAAD’s launcher do not carry warheads and instead use pure kinetic energy to deliver “hit to kill” strikes to ballistic threats.