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Five Saudi F-15SAs Delivered Via RAF Lakenheath


On July 23, RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, saw the arrival of five new Royal Saudi Air Force Boeing F-15SA aircraft, en route to their new home.

The five F-15SAs were assembled at Boeing's facility in St. Louis and departed Lambert International Airport there early in the morning. To make the 7.5-hr. journey, the F-15SA crews relied on three tankers to keep the aircraft topped up with fuel.

According to the recently launched Aviation Week Fleet Discovery Military database, in December 2011 the Royal Saudi Air Force signed an order for 84 new F-15SAs and remanufacturing of 68 F-15Ss to become F-15SAs (down from 70 due to losses and attrition). The latest deliveries bring the Saudi fleet of new F-15SAs to 41, with 43 to come. 

The F-15SA is an upgraded F-15S (almost identical to an F-15E) that features modern fly-by-wire controls, an APG-63(v)3 active, electronically scanned array radar; a redesigned cockpit, and the ability to carry weapons on the outer wing stations.

After a short layover in Suffolk, these F-15SAs will continue their journey east.

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