Tuesday, October 11, 2011

DTN News - SAUDI ARABIA DEFENSE NEWS: Saudi Arabia Plans To Buy More American Weaponry

DTN News - SAUDI ARABIA DEFENSE NEWS: Saudi Arabia Plans To Buy More American Weaponry
(NSI News Source Info) KOTTAKKAL, Kerala, India - October 11, 2011: Saudi Arabia is planning to reach an agreement with the United States on the purchase of artillery systems worth $186 million, Arabian website Elaf said citing a high-ranking source in the Saudi government.
Last month the parties agreed on the details of the upcoming deal, according to which Washington would supply 36 155-mm guns and 54 105-mm guns, the source said.
In October 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama announced the largest arms exports contract in the history of the country. The United States will supply various types of weapons to Saudi Arabia worth $60 billion.
The orders include 84 new F-15 fighter jets and a contract to upgrade 70 F-15s already in service with the Saudi air force. Washington will also deliver 70 Apache helicopters, 72 Black Hawk helicopters, 36 Little Birds and 12 MD-530F helicopters, and a wide range of rockets, bombs and other equipment.

Royal Saudi Air Force Current Aircraft Inventory (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Boeing F-15S Eagle, the strike fighter of the RSAF
Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force pilot adjusts his oxygen mask while in the cockpit of an F-5 Tiger II aircraft prior to flying a training mission.
British Aerospace Hawk in 2011

on 11 Agust 2011 , Royal air force receive 24 Typhoon from Uk air force (Taif Airbase) On 12 August 2009, UPI reported that Saudi Arabia was seeking upgrades for their E-3 fleet and aerial refuelling tanker aircraft.[4]

In October 2010, a large new helicopter purchase was reported; the RSAF plans to buy 72 UH-60M, 36 AH-6I, 36 AH-64D, 12 MD530helicopters and parts. The request has not yet been approved.[5]

[edit]Combat aircraft

AircraftOriginRoleVersionsIn serviceNotes
Fighter Aircraft
Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle United StatesFighterSANoneOn order.[6][7] Although the exact variant is unspecified, the RSAF are reported to be interested in the Silent Eagle.
Boeing F-15 Eagle United StatesFighterC D 80 25
Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle United StatesStrike fighterS72
Panavia Tornado IDS United Kingdom European UnionGround Attack87Being upgraded at a cost of $4.66 billion.
Panavia Tornado ADV United Kingdom European UnionFighter24To be withdrawn from service & shipped to the UK in a buy back package part of the Al Salam deal for 72 Typhoon F2.
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter II United StatesFighterE F83 37Withdrawn from frontline service aside from the training role, some squadrons such as #10 based in Taif will be replaced with the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Eurofighter Typhoon European UnionFighterT.2 T.3A24 48A further 72 may be ordered, 48 will be assembled in Saudi Arabia
Trainer Aircraft
BAe Hawk European UnionAdvanced TrainerMk. 65 Mk. 65A30 20
BAe Jetstream United KingdomTrainer312
Super Mushshaaq PakistanTrainer-20
Pilatus PC-9 SwitzerlandTrainer-50
Reims Cessna F172 European UnionTrainerG H M16
Transport Aircraft
Airbus A340 FranceTransportA340-2131Royal Flight
Airbus A330 FranceTransport & refuellingMRTT6On order.[8]
BAe 125 United KingdomTransportB4Royal Flight
Boeing 747 United StatesVIP Transport747-300 747SP2Royal Flight
Boeing 757 United StatesMedical Transport-1
Boeing Business Jet United StatesTransportBBJ1 BBJ21 1Royal Flight
Boeing E-3 Sentry United StatesAWACS5seeking upgrades
Boeing KE-3A United StatesAirborne RefuellingA8Being upgraded & then replaced by A330 MRRT
CASA CN-235 European UnionTransportM-104Royal Flight
Cessna 550 Citation United StatesTransportC5504Royal Flight
Gates Learjet 35 United StatesTransportA2Both transferred to the Royal Saudi Armed Forces Medical Wing in July 2009
Gulfstream III United StatesTransport-2
Gulfstream V United StatesMedical Transport-2
Lockheed C-130 Hercules United StatesTransport Airborne Refuelling VIP TransportE/H KC-130H VC-130H30 7 5
Lockheed L-100 United StatesTransportL-100-306
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 United StatesTransportMD-111Royal Flight
Transport Helicopters
Agusta-Bell 212 Italy European UnionTransport Helicopter-27
Agusta-Bell AS-61 European UnionTransport HelicopterA-43Royal Flight
Bell 205 United StatesTransport Helicopter-24
Bell 412 United StatesTransport HelicopterEP2
Eurocopter AS-532 Cougar European Union FranceCombat Search and RescueM12
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin European Union FranceNaval Helicopter Medical HelicopterF N24The SA-365F variants are operated by Royal Saudi Naval Aviation.
Eurocopter SA-332 Super Puma European Union FranceNaval HelicopterF13Operated by Royal Saudi Naval Aviation.
Kawasaki-Vertol 107 Japan United StatesTransport Helicopter-18Operated by the Ministry of the Interior
Total :+1009Including the 72 Eurofighter Typhoon + 72 F-15 SA + 48 AH-64 Apache + 72 UH-60 Black Hawk

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