Saudi Arabia gives air training contract to BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded £1.6bn to support future air-crew training requirements for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

According to the defence company, the contract covers the provision of equipment and training devices such as aircraft simulators, training aids and aircraft.

Included within this requirement is the supply of 55 Pilatus PC-21 aircraft to fulfill the basic training role and 22 BAE Systems Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft, which will be used to fulfill the fast jet training.

In addition, the company will provide an initial support package, including the provision of spares, technical publications and post-design support.

Deliveries of the Pilatus PC-21, manufactured in Switzerland, will commence in 2014. The UK-built Hawk aircraft will be delivered from 2016.