Sierra Nevada Corp. has been awarded a ceiling increase modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract action for the Saudi King Air 350 program.
This contract provides for the modification of two King Air 350 Extended Range (KA350ER) aircraft with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR)/synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capability, one transportable ground station, one fixed ground station, and one mission system trainer.
The modification, worth around $14 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
This contract involves 100 percent foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of around $9.5 million are being obligated at the time of award. Work will be performed in Hagerstown, Maryland, and is expected to be complete by April 2020.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) was awarded a $71 million contract action on April 1,2016 to modify two Beechcraft KA350ER aircraft with an ISR/SAR capability. This new modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to a not-to-exceed value of around $86 million.
The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) currently fields two electronic intelligence (ELINT) King Air 350i platforms (purchased in 2011) which operate out of Al Kharj Airbase.
Additionally, the Saudi King Air 350 program has another 13 King Air 350s for general utility functions. 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.
The ISR suites include a Com-Nav Surveillance/Air Traffic Management cockpit, RF-7800M-MP High Frequency Radios with encryption, AN/ARC-210 Very High Frequency/Ultra High Frequency/Satellite Communication Transceiver Radios with Have Quick II and encryption, a High Speed Data Link, an AN/APX-114/119 Identification Friend or Foe Transponder, Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigations Systems (GPS/INS) with a Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM), AN/AAR-60 Infrared Missile Warning and AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures System, Electro-Optical Sensor, SIGINT System and Synthetic Aperture Radar.
The RSAF King Air 350ER outfitted with these mods are primarily used to provide persistent, real-time route surveillance, facility, infrastructure and border security, counter-terrorism and smuggling interdiction, support for naval and coastal operations, internal defense and search and rescue operations.