The US Air Force (USAF) has selected Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, US, as the site for maintenance and flying training of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) over the next decade.

The training, which would focus on the new Saudi fleet of 12 F-15 fighter aircraft, is aimed at building the RSAF capacity and interoperability with the USAF.

The initial commitment proposed by the RSAF is a five-year presence at the base from 2014 to 2019.

The proposed training squadron will receive its first four aircraft in early to mid 2014, with the remaining eight aircraft delivered by the end of 2014.

The aircraft would facilitate primary aircrew and flight instructor training as well as maintenance training.

Deputy undersecretary of the US Air Force for international affairs Heidi Grant said the modernisation of Royal Saudi Air Force aircraft, as well as providing enhanced aircrew and maintenance training, would build partner capacity and contribute to stability in the Persian Gulf.

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