Robins to award contract worth nearly $4 billion

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Robins Air Force Base is set to award a $3.749 billion contract to The Boeing Company Thursday in support of the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 Fleet Modernization Program. It will be the largest foreign military sales contract ever let at Robins Air Force Base.

"This is historic," said Lt. Col. Jay Schatz, Deputy Security Assistance program manager, on the importance of the program. "It's a program with international scope and national importance. We're very proud to be leading this effort from Robins."

The F-15S to F-15SA Conversion and Provisioning contract will provide for the development and procurement of conversion kits required to convert the RSAF's 70 existing F-15S aircraft to the new F-15SA configuration, perform test and evaluation of the converted fighter jets, and provide aircrew familiarization to USAF and RSAF pilots.

The F-15SA will be the newest variant of the combat proven F-15E Strike Eagle. It is an all-weather, multi-role fighter designed for long-range, high-speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic warfare aircraft. It is more lethal, survivable and maintainable than its predecessor.

This contract will also provide for base stand-up kits which include initial spares and support equipment needed to achieve operating capability and maintain this capability until follow-on supply support is established. These base stand-up kits will support and maintain 154 newly-produced and converted F-15SA aircraft at four Saudi air bases.

"2012 is going to be an extremely busy and exciting year for Team Robins and the Air Force," said Col. Robert Stambaugh, F-15SA Security Assistance program manager. "This contract award will solidify Robins' role as a leader in foreign military sales throughout the Department of Defense."

This effort is one element of the $29.4B FMP that will ultimately provide the RSAF with 84 new F-15SA aircraft; 70 converted F-15SA aircraft; spares, repair and return maintenance, support equipment, standard technical orders, aircraft integration, training and other associated activities and weapons.