Boeing has been awarded a $4bn foreign military sales (FMS) contract which will see the company upgrade the Royal Saudi Air Force’s (RSAF) existing F-15C/D Eagle aircraft fleet to the latest Saudi Advanced (SA) configuration.
Awarded by Robins Air Force Base (AFB), the firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes converting 68 F15S jets to the new standard and delivering four base stand-up kits to support the aircraft’s operating capability.
The award also covers country standard time compliance technical order (CSTCTO) development, CSTCTO integration and testing, and the modification of trial kits to support the evaluation and verification programmes.
The latest order follows an existing $3.7bn deal awarded by the Georgia AFB in June 2012, for the conversion of 70 F-15C/D Eagle aircraft.
As part of the contracts, Boeing is also scheduled to supply initial spare parts and support equipment for 154 new or upgraded aircraft at four RSAF’s bases, as announced earlier by the Robins AFB.
The F-15SA variant will feature an APG-63(v)3 active electronically scanned array radar, BAE System-built digital electronic warfare system (DEWS), and a Lockheed Martin’s AAS-42 infrared search-and-track (IRST) system..
The upgraded aircraft is expected to provide RSAF personnel with an ability to conduct long-range, high-speed interdiction missions, without relying on escort or electronic warfare aircraft in all-weather conditions.
Upgrade work under the contract is expected to complete by 31 December 2019.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney F100 engines, the F-15 Eagle is an all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed to obtain and maintain air superiority during aerial combat missions.
In addition to the RSAF, the aircraft is also operated by the US, Japan and Israeli air forces.
Image: a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft conducting flight over Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of Master Sgt. Lance Cheung.