The United Kingdom’s PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is finalizing a large deal to modernize the Saudi military, the company said on July 31, according to The Guardian.
At the first stage of the dea, one of the biggest British consulting and accountancy firms will assist in issues like recruitment, resourcing, performance management and strategic workforce planning as well as assist in managing and communicating the changes.
As a result of the cooperation between the PwC and Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s defence ministry will be re-designed to gain better equipment and support of its frontline forces.
According to the report, the PwC declined to comment further about the talk, but said there was an “ongoing tender process with a number of participants pitching for work”.
The Guardian added that the PwC has already asked specialists and consultants in London whether they would be interested in moving to Saudi Arabia to start the work. Additionally, the company revealed to its staff that the Saudi plan for modernizing its army was “ambitious” and “at a size and scale rarely seen before”.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen in order to defeat the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) and to establish a puppet government in the country. However, since then, the Saudi-led coalition has achieved little success in this effort and has suffered notable casualties. This is likely one of the key reasons behind the decision to modernize the kingdom’s military.