Salient Federal Solutions has joined forces with STS Systems Integration (SSI) to provide English language training (ELT) to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).
SSI received a $2.8m firm-fixed-price contract to provide ELT to RSAF at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas, US, over the next two years.
Specifically, the contract calls for the provision of ELT for up to 200 RSAF students as part of the master training plan that supports training for the service’s F-15SA fleet modernisation programme.
Salient Federal Solutions chief executive officer Brad Antle said: "We are excited for the opportunity to provide training services at every level of the pipeline for more than 5,000 RSAF technicians required to support the Fleet Modernization Programme.
"It is strategically significant for the USAF to properly train the RSAF and successful English training is the essential first step for every person involved."
The students graduating from the programme would proceed to technical training at Sheppard AFB, Keesler AFB, Mississippi, and Seymour Johnson AFB, South Carolina.
Salient instructors will then provide basic maintenance skills to the trainees to help them become qualified at the apprentice level.
Upon successful completion of that training, the trainees would further enhance their skills in F-15 upgrade training at the King Khalid Training Center in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia.
Several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, currently operate US Military systems and English is claimed to the critical first step toward their successful employment and interoperability that will eventually ensure stability in the region.
The F-15SA fleet modernisation programme is a $29.4bn effort comprising the production of 84 new aircraft, in addition to upgrades to 68 of RSAF’s in-service F-15S fighters.