Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) was awarded a $71,475,750 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized, sole-source contract action on April 1 for the Saudi King Air 350 programme. Work under the Foreign Military Sales deal, awarded by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, will include modification of two Beechcraft King Air 350 extended range (KA350ER) aircraft with an intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance/synthetic aperture radar (ISR/SAR) capability.
SNC will also provide one transportable ground station, one fixed ground station and one mission system trainer. Work will be undertaken at SNC’s facilities in Hagerstown, Maryland, with completion anticipated by April 30, 2020.
At least 15 King Air 350s are thought to have previously been delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force, at least some of which are in ISR configuration, although the exact number is unknown. L-3 Communications’ Integrated Systems Group has previously been contracted to convert two of these aircraft for ISR missions, under a deal awarded on August 22, 2014. They had been due for completion by December 31 last year. Alan Warnes