Boeing awarded radar contract for RSAF AWACS
Boeing is being awarded a $66,814,404 military sales contract for the installation of Group A and B radar system improvement kits for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) fleet of five Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
Fifty per cent of the work is to be carried out in Riyadh and completion of the installation and checks is set for 15 June 2015.
This will bring the Saudi AWACS configuration in line with other AWACS fleets for radar enhancements.
The Peace Sentinel program for Saudi Arabia began in 1981. It included five AWACS aircraft and six E-3 derivative (KE-3) inflight refuelling tanker aircraft, along with spare parts, trainers and support equipment.
The first Saudi E-3 was delivered in June 1986, with deliveries of the remaining E-3s and tankers completed by September 1987. In addition to building the aircraft, Boeing assists in operating and maintaining the AWACS and tankers in Saudi Arabia. Boeing has issued subcontracts to three Saudi companies to assist in this support work.