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Royal Saudi Air Force

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The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF; Arabic: القوات الجوية الملكية الـسعودية‎‎, al-quwwāt al-ğawwiyyah al-malakiyyah as-suʿūdiyyah), is the aviation branch of the Saudi Arabian armed forces. The RSAF has developed from a largely defensive military force into one with an advanced offensive capability. The RSAF maintains the third largest fleet of F-15s after the American and Japanese air forces.

The backbone of the RSAF is currently the Boeing F-15 Eagle, with the Panavia Tornado also forming a major component. The Tornado and many other aircraft were delivered under the Al Yamamah contracts with British Aerospace (now BAE Systems). The RSAF ordered various weapons in the 1990s, including Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles, laser-guided bombs and gravity bombs. Al-Salam, a successor to the Al Yamamah agreement will see 72 Eurofighter Typhoons delivered by BAE.

Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Combat Aircraft[edit]

ELINT Aircraft[edit]

Transport Aircraft[edit]

  • Airbus A330 MRTT x 6 (Aerial Tanker)
  • Airbus A340-213 x 1 (VIP Transport)
  • Antnonov An-132 x 0 (Transport) - 98 on order
  • Antonov An-148 x 0 (Medical Transport) - 4 on order
  • Antonov An-178 x 0 (Transport) - 30 on order
  • BAe 125B x 4 (VIP Transport)
  • Boeing 737 x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Boeing 747 x 2 (VIP Transport)
  • Boeing 757 x 1 (VIP Transport)
  • CASA CN-235M-10 x 4 (VIP Transport)
  • Cessna C550 Citation Bravo x 4 (VIP Transport)
  • Gates Learjet 35A x 2 (Transport)
  • Gulfstream III x 2 (Transport)
  • Gulfstream IV x 1 (Transport)
  • Gulfstream V x 2 (Medical Transport)
  • Lockheed C-130E/H Hercules x 42 (Transport)
  • Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules x 2 (Transport/Aerial Tanker) - 23 more on order
  • Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules x 6 (Transport)
  • McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 x 1 (VIP Transport)

Trainer Aircraft[edit]

  • BAe Hawk Mk.65/65A x 22 (Advanced Trainer) - 22 Hawk AJT on order
  • BAe Jetstream 35 x 2 (Trainer)
  • Cirrus SR22 x 24 (Trainer)
  • PAC MFI-395 Super Mushshaaq x 20 (Trainer)
  • Pilatus PC-9 x 47 (Trainer)
  • Pilatus PC-21 x 40 (Trainer) - 55 on order
  • Raytheon King Air 350 x 6 (Trainer) - 3 on order

Helicopters[edit]

  • Agusta-Bell AB-212 x 27 (Transport Helicopter)
  • Agusta-Sikorsky AS-61 x 3 (Royal Transport Helicopter)
  • Bell 205 x 24 (Transport Helicopter)
  • Bell 212/412 x 37 (Transport Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma x 13 (Maritime Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin II x Maritime Helicopter/Medevac Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter AS532 Cougar x 12 (Combat Search and Rescue)
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