RIYADH/LONDON: A Riyadh-based technology company is bolstering the Kingdom’s armed forces and is placing increasing emphasis on military localization and intellectual property development.
In just over a year, Interstellar Solutions, an ambitious technology company under the umbrella of venture capital firm RAZ Holding Group, has acquired several contracts for an integrated defense management system that it owns and maintains. .
“We plan to build local capacity and make the system one of the mainstays of the Saudi military sector,” Basim Al-Mohammadi, CEO of Interstellar Solutions, told Arab News.
“This will support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by localizing capabilities and creating an advantage today to serve the country locally. We may also have the potential to serve international countries,” he added.
The company owns the G21 System, a web-based enterprise resource planning or ERP software that helps governments and the defense industry perform air, land and naval operations and missions. It also owns its intellectual property globally.
Al-Mohammadi, a retired navy colonel, said one of the unique aspects of the system is that it was created and developed by ex-servicemen who understand the exact needs and requirements of military readiness. fight.
Curtis Massenburg, chief technology officer of the Riyadh-based company, explained that ERPs used for commercial purposes differ from those used in defence. The former is mainly about saving money, while the latter is about saving lives and deterring wars.
“We quickly realized we had to start from scratch to build the system, so we covered all the nuances and automation required by defense forces. Due to the differences, there must be a lot more automation. There needs to be a lot more control to be successful in defending a country and saving lives,” he said.
The G21, the fifth version of which was released in March, is compatible with NATO and US Department of Defense core systems and compliant with aerospace standards.
“One of the things that we think is very critical for Saudi Arabia is that the intellectual property and control of the system resides inside the Kingdom,” Massenburg said.
With the aim of becoming a significant player in the field of defense ERP, the company was established in January 2021 to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and become a world leader in the aerospace and defense industry.
Massenburg said he has spent the past year supporting the local market and building partnerships with government defense agencies. They are ready to “move forward and make waves to improve the technology in Saudi Arabia and the level of personnel in the defense market”.
Al-Mohammadi said the company has a team of 15 men and women and aims to double or triple its workforce in the short term as it seeks to expand its services to other Gulf countries.