Merlin subcontracts Salient for Saudi Support Personnel programme work

20 August 2013 (Last Updated August 20th, 2013 18:30)

Salient Federal Solutions has received a sub-contract from Merlin RAMCo to provide support services for the Saudi Support Personnel (SSP) programme contract.

RSAF personnel

Salient Federal Solutions has received a sub-contract from Merlin RAMCo to provide support services for the Saudi Support Personnel (SSP) programme contract.

The $10.8m SSP contract was awarded by the US Air Force's Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and Air Force Security Assistance Training (AFSAT) Squadron to Merlin through the foreign military sales (FMS) route in February 2013.

Featuring a one-year base performance period and six-month option, the $4.4m contract requires Salient to provide highly qualified instructors to support the training requirements of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) personnel.

Specifically, the company will try to enhance RSAF's interoperability with US and other friendly forces to eventually augment regional stability in accordance with US military objectives.

Salient COO Bill Parker said, "We look forward to providing MRI and the Royal Saudi Air Force with solutions and training that will enable them to effectively deliver and exchange information with other nations in the most effective manner."

"The company will try to enhance RSAF's interoperability with US and other friendly forces to eventually augment regional stability in accordance with US military objectives."

Work is scheduled to be carried out in collaboration with the company's Talent Operations Center (TOC), which features a resource pool of more than 400,000 candidates and also maintains contact with thousands of instructors whose qualifications are carefully screened prior to recruitment.

The centre employs the company's Performance Diagnostic tool, which utilises behavioural science for the determination of the likelihood of success and also scientifically matches instructors to unique challenges in the Saudi culture, while being on travel for extended periods, ensuring the delivery of the most effective training to address customer requirements and objectives.

To be performed at the King Abdul Aziz Air Base in Dhahran, King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushayt, King Fahad Air Base, Taif, King Faisal Air Base, Tabuk, Prince Sultan Air Base in Al Kharj, as well as the Royal Saudi Air Force, Riyadh and King Abdullah Air Base in Jeddah, the SSP contract work is expected to be completed by August 2014.


Image: Salient will provide qualified instructors to support the RSAF's training requirements. Photo: courtesy of USAF senior airman Adawn Kelsey.

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