The Beechcraft King Airs are popular surveillance platforms with the US and some of its allied forces. Here an US Army C-12 lands somewhere in Southwest Asia in April 2012 (Image © Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley / USAF)

Saudis upgrade Beechcraft King Airs

The Beechcraft King Airs are popular surveillance platforms with the US and some of its allied forces. Here an US Army C-12 lands somewhere in Southwest Asia in April 2012 (Image © Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley / USAF)
The Beechcraft King Airs are popular surveillance platforms with the US and some of its allied forces. Here an US Army C-12 lands somewhere in Southwest Asia in April 2012 (Image © Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tony Tolley / USAF)

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) is upgrading two of its Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft in the United States. For a rather interesting US$ 61 million L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas, will modify and integrate new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities into the pair.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, with the US contributing at least 30 million of its funds to this adaption of the aircraft that are somewhat similar to US Army’s C-12s. In November 2013 two RSAF King Air 350ER-ICRs flew via London-Luton Airport, where Nigel Blake was one of them capturing the aircraft with serials 5100 and 4130 on camera.

The RSAF reportedly has at least 15 Beechcraft King Air 350s for intel/surveillance/recon duties delivered the past couple of years.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

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