Lockheed Martin will be keeping Saudi Arabia’s fleet of Boeing F-15 strike aircraft on target for years to come, thanks to a new support contract announced during the Dubai air show.

Worth almost $263 million and awarded via the US Air Force, the contract will ensure the availability of the type’s Sniper targeting and Lantirn ER navigation pods, plus its infrared search-and-track sensors.

Work will be performed at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s Orlando site in Florida, and also in Saudi ­Arabia, with the local Advanced Electronics Company.

BAE Systems Electronics and Information Systems also has been awarded $81.4 million for the in-service support and modernisation of the aircraft’s digital electronic warfare system up to 2018.

Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database records the Royal Saudi Air Force as having an operational fleet of 149 F-15s in the C, D and S variants, with another 84 advanced F-15SAs to enter use.

Source: Flight Daily News