Alsalam Aerospace Industries has been contracted to begin in-country conversion of 68 F-15S (Saudi) Eagle combat aircraft to F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) standard via the F-15SR (Saudi Retrofit) programme, Boeing confirmed to Jane’s on 2 August.
The confirmation came some days after Alsalam – a joint venture between Boeing, Saudi Arabian Airways, and Saudi Advanced Industries Company – was awarded a USD59.7 million contract for conversion of the first six aircraft. Work will be performed in Riyadh and is expected to be completed by 3 August 2020.
While the contract does not identify the precise scope of the work to be undertaken by Alsalam, a Boeing briefing slide previously seen by Jane’s shows it will comprise the manufacture of wingsets and underwing pylons, as well as the cockpit section of the aircraft.
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