Updated: October 21, 2010: The U.S. andhave finalized an arms package that shadows even the large arms mega-sales in the region. The arms sales package includes several packages worth about $60 Billion, which include mostly platforms produced by the Company. The main element is the modernization of the Royal Saudi Air Force, with the acquisition and modernization of more than 150 S/SA fighters as part of a $30 billion multiyear investment. This package includes the acquisition of 84 new fighter jets, replacing the Kingdom’s aging C/D fighters, and the upgrading 70 existing F-15S strike fighters in service with the RSAF, bringing them to the same level of the new . The procurement contract was signed between the US and a year later, in December 2011 at a cost of $29.7 billion. Three months later the US Air Force awarded the prime contractor $11.4 Billion contract funding the development, retrofit and manufacturing of 84 F-15 aircraft with systems and munitions. This firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, time-and-materials contract is expected to be completed October 2020. The associated work will take place in locations including El Segundo, Calif., Ocala, Fla., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The newand the upgraded F-15S will include the APG-63(v)3 radar from , the latest AESA radar developed for the . These aircraft will also carry the AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Targeting pod and Tiger Eye Navigation Pod (3rd Generation LANTIRN). On reconnaissance missions the DB-110 Reconnaissance Pod will be used. The Saudi acquisition represents the first application of DB-110 on the F-15 platform.
To further improve air combat capability the new Saudis will be equipped with Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) and AN/AAS-42 Infrared Search and Track (IRST) Systems. The Saudis will also receive the latest version of the Sidewinder AIM-9X short range air/air missiles and AIM-120C/7 AMRAAM missiles. For air/surface attack the new Eagles will carry mostly precision guided weapons, including AGM-84 Block II Harpoon anti-ship missiles, AGM-88B HARM anti radiation missiles, 500 and 2,000 lb versions of enhanced Paveway II and III Dual Mode Laser/Global Positioning System (GPS) Guided bombs, 2,000 lbs JDAM GPS guided weapons, and CBU-105D/B Sensor Fuzed Weapons (SFW) utilizing Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers (WCMD).