Saudi Air Force to Train in Idaho for Five Years
Thursday, December 16, 2010 4:03 AM
As part of a $30 billion U.S. military arms sale of fighter jets and military hardware to Saudi Arabia, the Royal Saudi Air Force is scheduled to send a squadron of up to 250 airmen to the U.S. Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB) in Idaho for five years of military training on F-15SA fighter jets.
The F-15SA is a modification of the U.S. F-15E fighter - a proven long-range, high-speed ground strike fighter capable of carrying a large bomb payload but agile enough to win air dog-fights.
The Saudis requested the Idaho site, since it is a desert-like environment, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
Mountain Home AFB also hosts a Singapore Air Force F-15G training squadron and two U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle Fighter Squadrons.
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