Boeing rolls out first new gen F-15 for Saudi Arabia

Royal Saudi Air Force says advanced capabilities will help it protect security of Gulf kingdom

Boeing has rolled out the F-15SA, ushering in a new era in fighter aircraft capability and affordability for Saudi Arabia.

The F-15SA, the newest variant of the combat-proven F-15, provides improved performance and increased survivability at a lower life-cycle cost. The aircraft has two additional wing stations for increased payload and capability.

Flight testing began this year on the F-15SA. The Royal Saudi Air Force has operated F-15S fighters since the 1990s, Boeing said in a statement.

"We look forward to receiving the advanced capabilities of the F-15SA aircraft to continue to protect the security and stability of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said Lt Gen Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Ayeesh, commander Royal Saudi Air Force.

"Our relationship with the US Air Force and The Boeing Company has helped to ensure the Royal Saudi Air Force remains among the best equipped air forces in the world."

Ahmed Jazzar, president of Boeing Saudi Arabia, added: "Boeing's 65-year relationship with Saudi Arabia is multidimensional. We provide the kingdom with top products and services that meet its requirements, in addition to the strategic and collaborative partnerships that help the Kingdom achieve its long-term educational and industrial development goals."

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defence, Space & Security is headquartered in St Louis and is a $33bn business with 59,000 employees worldwide.

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