Boeing has secured a US Navy contract to provide 650 AGM-84 Stand-off Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM ER) missiles to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi acquisition was listed in a $1.97 billion Foreign Military Sales contract announcement that provides for the missiles as well as upgrade work for the weapon.
The SLAM ER arms Saudi Arabia’s fleet of F-15S and F-15SA fighters, which are variants of the US Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagle.
Cirium fleets data shows that Saudi Arabia operates 66 examples of the F-15S and 78 examples of the F-15SA.
Another Boeing contract covered $657 million for 467 AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles for several US allies.
“We are pleased to continue our long legacy of partnering with the Navy to build weapons that defend America and its international partners,” says Cindy Gruensfelder, vice president, Boeing Weapons.
“These awards will not only extend production of the Harpoon program through 2026, they will also restart the production line for SLAM ER and ensure deliveries through 2028.”
Boeing delivered the last SLAM-ER in in 2008. In October 2019 it started construction of a new factory to produce both the SLAM ER and Harpoon, with construction to be completed in 2021.