Today, BAE Systems and the Royal Saudi Air Force reached an agreement on detailed arrangements that will provide support for operations by the Royal Saudi Air Force Typhoon fleet for a three-year period, in support of commenced flying operations following the delivery of the first 4 of 72 Typhoon aircraft. The arrangements will be operated through a full availability service contract with the company, the first of its kind for Typhoon. The contract includes training in the United Kingdom for RSAF Typhoon pilots and Typhoon multi-skilled aircraft technicians.
“Congratulations to the Royal Saudi Air Force – it has joined an elite club and is now the 5th Air Force in the world to be flying Tranche 2 Typhoons. This agreement is ground breaking and will form an integral and vital part of the long term Salam programme. I am delighted to see the RSAF flying the aircraft in Saudi Arabia, ” said David Rennison, vice president Salam for BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia.
“The Salam Support Solution builds on BAE Systems’ knowledge and experience gained working alongside the RAF in supporting the UK’s Typhoon fleet. This will provide the Royal Saudi Air Force with the necessary support as the Typhoon transitions from entry-into-service to full operation, ” Typhoon deputy managing director Cliff Robson said.