Raytheon has partnered with Boeing to supply a comprehensive command, control, communications, computers, cyber and intelligence (C5I) solution to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

Raytheon is offering a specific and tailored C5I systems approach based on its command view mission solutions suite for the upgrade of the RSAF’s command and control (C2) system.

The programme will be led by ThalesRaytheonSystems, a joint venture between Raytheon and Thales, and Saudi Arabian joint venture, Raytheon Atheeb Systems Limited (RASL).

Raytheon C4I Systems vice-president Bob Delorge said: "Raytheon intends to build on our long and proven history in the successful development and global deployment of command and control systems by providing the best C5I solution to our Royal Saudi Air Force customer.

"Raytheon intends to build on our long and proven history in the successful development and global deployment of command and control systems by providing the best C5I solution to our Royal Saudi Air Force customer."

"Boeing’s system of systems and platform experience is a strong complement to our highly capable technologies and proven performance."

Boeing C3 solutions vice-president Paul Geery said: "Boeing has enjoyed a partnership with Saudi Arabia for nearly 70 years, so working with Raytheon to modernise the RSAF’s command and control capability is important to us.

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"This agreement brings two of the world’s leading defence systems providers together to offer a world-class command and control system in support of the RSAF’s growing fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft, including the F-15SA."

The command view mission solutions is currently fielded and operational in several locations. It is designed to help users collect timely, critical information and act decisively to avert a crisis or rapidly respond to resolve an emergency.

In particular, the system extends mission effectiveness from strategic operations centres to the tactical edge of the operational environment.

Raytheon has already supplied RSAF’s existing CS system, including the recent Air Operations Centre, as well as the Saudi Arabian Defence Ministry’s C4I system, Al Diriyah, Riyadh.