MISSOULA, Mont. — A Montana company owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes was awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force to supply fighter jet parts to Saudi Arabia.

The Missoulian reports the U.S. Defense Department announced the $559 million contract last week for S&K Aerospace, LLC to provide F-15 components to the Royal Saudi Air Force.

CEO Thomas Acevedo says the company plans to hire most of the workers for the contract in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but there may be new hires in the Montana corporate office as well.

The company is based in St. Ignatius on the Flathead Reservation, and it pays dividends back to the tribes each year.

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