The Royal Saudi Air Force has asked for a training unit to be established in the USA.
December 12: The US Department of Defense has confirmed that the Royal Saudi Air Force has asked for a training unit to be established in the USA to train pilots for its proposed fleet of Boeing F-15SA Strike Eagle fighters.
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz have said that Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho is the most suitable location for the proposed contingent of 12 aircraft. They will join the detachment of the Royal Singapore Air Force that trains pilots on the Strike Eagle.
The initial commitment proposed by the Royal Saudi AF is a five-year presence from 2014 through 2019. A commitment beyond this is possible. The first four aircraft would arrive in early to mid-2014, with the remaining eight aircraft delivered by the end of the year. Primary aircrew, flight instructor and maintenance training would be undertaken at the base with an estimated 150 to 250 personnel, comprising approximately 50 aircrew and 100 to 200 maintenance personnel.
On October 20, 2010 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on the possible sale of 84 new-build F-15SA Strike Eagles to Saudi Arabia, plus the upgrade of all 70 surviving F-15S aircraft to the improved standard