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Saudi Arabia unveils F-15SA

Photo: RSAF

 

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) unveiled its new Boeing F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) to dignitaries in Riyadh on January 25.

In a lavish ceremony, the first four aircraft were revealed. These were delivered to the Kingdom on December 13, after departing the US on December 10. The Kingdom has ordered 84 new-build F-15SA aircraft, and a further 68 earlier F-15S aircraft will be upgraded to the later configuration.

Using ‘Retro’ call signs for their ferry flight, the aircraft comprised serials 12-1010 (‘Retro 63’), 12-1006 (‘Retro 64), 93-0857 (‘Retro 65’) and 93-0899 (‘Retro 66’). While the aircraft with Fiscal Year 1993 serials are original RSAF F-15S jets rebuilt to F-15SA standard by Boeing, the FY 2012 aircraft are new-builds.

The initial batch of new fighters will be operated by the 55th Squadron at King Khalid Air Base, which will be tasked as the training unit for the new fighter.

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