Royal Saudi Air Force Orders Two More ISR/SAR King Air 350ERs

One of the current Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) King Air 350ERs, 5002, arriving at London-Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, on November 25, 2013, from Reykjavik, Iceland, on its delivery flight. Sierra Nevada Corporation was awarded a contract on April 6 to convert two more King Air 350ERs to ISR/SAR configuration for the RSAF. Alan Warnes

A FURTHER two Beechcraft King Air 350ER (Extended Range) aircraft with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance/synthetic aperture radar (ISR/SAR) capability have been order for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Hagerstown, Maryland.  A Foreign Military Sales contract was awarded to SNC on April 6 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for modification of two King Air 350ERs to incorporate the ISR/SAR capability, while also providing one transportable ground station, one fixed ground station and one mission system trainer.

The deal, which has a not-to-exceed ceiling of $14,029,200, is a modification to a previous undefinitized contract action valued at $71,475,750 that was awarded to SNC on April 1, 2016, covering conversion of two King Air 350s to the same configuration.  An initial $9,494,750 of FMS funding was released at the time of the latest contract award, which is expected to be completed by April 2020.  Completion date for the original contract was also given as April 30, 2020.

In addition to the four aircraft ordered from SNC, the RSAF has also previously ordered two ISR-configured King Air 350s from L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Group through an FMS contract awarded on August 22, 2014.  That order was scheduled to have been completed by December 31, 2015.  An initial pair of ISR-configured King Air 350s had been delivered to the RSAF in early August 2011, while a total of 16 of the type are now in service, although it is unconfirmed whether all are in ISR configuration.  At least some of these were also converted by L-3.