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Saudi Air Force signs big Boeing engine order

Nearly 200 engines ordered to power 84 new F-15 aircraft; deliveries to start in 2013

Saudi Air Force signs big Boeing engine order
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The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has ordered 193 F110-GE-129E engines to power 84 new twin-engine Boeing F-15SA aircraft.

With the order, the RSAF becomes the largest operator of F110 engines other than the US government.

This follows earlier RSAF orders for 156 engines to power 71 re-engined F-15S aircraft.

The agreement calls for deliveries to start next year.

"We are thrilled to continue to support the Royal Saudi Air Force by providing engines to power its expanding F-15 fleet," said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager, Military Systems Operation at GE Aviation.

"The ongoing demand for our F110 engine is a testament to the value of its upgraded technology and will keep the production line open for years to come."

More than 3,000 F110 engines have been ordered worldwide since initial selection by the USAF in 1984, making it the best-selling engine for Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter jets.

In addition to the USAF, 12 international forces fly F110-powered aircraft and the F110 powers 60 percent of the international F-15 aircraft.

Separately, The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a possible military sale to Saudi Arabia for follow-on support and services for the Royal Saudi Air Force at an estimated cost of $850m.

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