BAE Systems and Al-Salam Aircraft have jointly established a repair and maintenance facility in Saudi Arabia to support the Royal Saudi Air Force’s (RSAF) Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The new capability, which began operations in June, is able to perform repair, maintenance and overhaul of windscreen and transparency on RSAF jets.

BAE Systems Saudi Arabia CEO and managing director Andy Carr said: "The work we have completed as a partnership has been critical in working towards our Typhoon In-Kingdom Industrialisation objectives.

"This latest achievement follows the successful transfer of Typhoon avionic repair capabilities into Saudi business Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) in June 2014."

"The new capability is able to perform repair, maintenance and overhaul of windscreen and transparency on RSAF jets."

The new development comes after both the firms collaborated for the installation and commissioning of aerospace ground equipment into an Al-Salam facility last year.

In order to support this programme, BAE also delivered on-site training in the first quarter of this year and work on the site began recently after the completion of certification and BAE supplier approval.

Commenting on the new partnership, Al-Salam Aircraft Company president Mohammed Fallatah said: "We are delighted that the collaboration between our companies has been successful in bringing new capability to the Kingdom.

"I look forward to working with BAE Systems to achieve further success in this area."

Eurofighter Typhoon, a combat jet built by a consortium consisting of Finmeccanica, Airbus Group and BAE Systems, is a foreplane delta-wing, beyond-visual-range, close air fighter aircraft with surface attack capability.

The aircraft features 13 hard points for weapon carriage, four under each wing and five under the fuselage.

Image: BAE and Al-Salam Aircraft have strengthened their partnership with the establishment of the local repair and maintenance capability in Saudi Arabia. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.