According to the mostly pictorial report, American forces participating in the war games had arrived in Saudi Arabia "days earlier with all its military personnel and technical equipment", without elaborating on the sorts of military hardware and the number of troops deployed for the drills.
The powerful crown prince, who has consolidated his grip on various sectors in Saudi Arabia since his appointment last June, is overseeing the kingdom's plan to sell under 5% of the state-owned oil giant.
The announcement comes after a massive anti-corruption crackdown spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that saw numerous royals and prominent Saudi businessmen placed in detention until settlements were reached, netting the government over $106 billion in recovered assets.
Saudi officials are reported to have told their British counterparts last week that a delay to 2019 was likely.
Aramco plans to offer shares on the Saudi stock exchange, called Tadawul. Saudi officials have not-so-privately indicated that they hoped the company would be valued at some $2 trillion.
Prince Mohammed has wanted to list the company in NY as well, although Saudi officials have expressed concern about scrutiny from US regulators.
The company has not only been the primary source of Saudi revenue (there were, until recently, no taxes), historically it also has been used to move oil prices.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince's visit to Washington is part of a three-leg visit, with him having visited Egypt and the United Kingdom earlier in March as part of a long foreign trip, his first as Crown Prince.
BAE chief executive Charles Woodburn said: "We are committed to supporting the Kingdom as it modernises the Saudi Armed Forces and develops key industrial capabilities critical to the delivery of Vision 2030". "So I don't see this artificial deadline that you refer to as being significant".
Saudi officials did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment, but the New York Times quoted the government rejecting the abuse claims as "completely untrue".
In January, the government appointed a five-person committee to oversee the SBG advisory board and make executive decisions on the company's business dealings.