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Saudi Arabia Looks to Spend $1.2B on Royal Air Force Aircraft

Aug. 26, 2013 - 03:01PM   |  
By AARON MEHTA   |   Comments
Saudi Arabia looks to spend an estimated $1.2 billion on maintaining and supporting its aircraft — mostly for its fleet of Boeing-designed F-15s, according to one official. Pictured: A US Air Force maintenance squad member works on an F-15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
Saudi Arabia looks to spend an estimated $1.2 billion on maintaining and supporting its aircraft — mostly for its fleet of Boeing-designed F-15s, according to one official. Pictured: A US Air Force maintenance squad member works on an F-15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (Senior Airman Brett Clashman)
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WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has requested the fulfillment of a support contract worth an estimated $1.2 billion, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

DSCA notified Congress on Aug. 22 of the potential deal, which covers support and services for aircraft owned by the Royal Saudi Air Force.

The possible sale would cover “aircraft, engines and weapons, to include contractor technical services, logistics support, maintenance support, spares, equipment repair, expendables, support and test equipment, communication support, precision measuring equipment, personnel training and training equipment, technical support, exercises, deployments and other related elements of program support services, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support,” according to the release.

A DoD official told Defense News that the deal will primarily cover support for Saudi Arabia’s fleet of Boeing designed F-15s. The deal is expected to cover a two- to three-year period.

The official added that the deal does not include any new contracts; rather, it is a follow-on order for sustainment similar to one DSCA announced Aug. 6 of 2012.

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