Royal Saudi Air Force

Royal Saudi Air Force
القوات الجوية الملكية السعودية
Royal Saudi Air Force embelm.svg
Badge of the Royal Saudi Air Force
FoundedJune 1920 (1920-06) [1]
Country Saudi Arabia
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size63,000 personnel
889 aircraft [2]
Part ofSaudi Arabian Armed Forces
Engagements
DecorationsAir Force Hawk Medal, 1st Class SA.png
WebsiteOfficial website
Commanders
Commander of the Air ForceLieutenant General Turki bin Bandar Al Saud
Insignia
RoundelRoundel of Saudi Arabia.svg
Fin flashFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg
Aircraft flown
AttackTornado IDS GR.4
Electronic
warfare
Boeing RE-3A, Boeing E-3A, Saab 2000 AEW&C
FighterTornado ADV F3, Eurofighter Typhoon, F-15S Strike Eagle, F-15SA Strike Eagle
HelicopterBell 412, Bell 212, AS532, Sikorsky UH-60
ReconnaissancePanavia Tornado, Beechcraft King Air 350ER
TrainerPilatus PC-21A, PAC MFI-395, Cirrus SR22, BAE Hawk
TransportC-130H, C-130J, King Air 350, BAE Jetstream, Cessna Citation II, Gulfstream IV
TankerBoeing KE-3A, Airbus A330 MRTT, KC-130H/J

The Royal Saudi Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية الملكية السعودية‎) (RSAF) is the aviation branch of the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces.

The RSAF has developed from a largely defensive military force into one with an advanced offensive capability, and maintains the third largest fleet of F-15s after the U.S. and Japanese air forces.

The backbone of the RSAF is currently the Boeing F-15 Eagle, with the Panavia Tornado also forming a major component. The Tornado and many other aircraft were delivered under the Al Yamamah contracts with British Aerospace (now BAE Systems).

The RSAF ordered various weapons in the 1990s, including Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles, laser-guided bombs and gravity bombs. Al-Salam, a successor to the Al Yamamah agreement will see 48 Eurofighter Typhoons delivered by BAE.

  1. ^ David Fromkin (2010). A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-8050-8809-0.
  2. ^ https://www.globalfirepower.com/aircraft-total.asp. Retrieved 3 March 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Saudis launches offensive against Yemen rebels". Associated Press. 5 November 2009. Archived from the original on 6 November 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.