officials have announced that BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to supply the all-composite Cirrus SR22
aircraft to support the future aircrew training requirements of the Royal Saudi Air Force. This new fleet order for Cirrus Aircraft follows an agreement between the governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, under the Saudi British Defense Cooperation Program (SBDCP). The aircraft will provide primary flying training to the RSAF at the King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh.
Including the United States and France, Saudi Arabia is now the third national air force that has recently ordered Cirrus SR20 or SR22 aircraft for primary training. These procurements reflect today's changing training philosophies that are required for advanced operational aircraft entering into service with major air forces around the world, according to company officials.
"Cirrus is proud to have been selected by the RSAF," says Jon Dauplaise, vice president of fleet and special mission aircraft for Cirrus. "The relationship we have with BAE Systems and the RSAF is another example of the importance placed on training with technologically advanced aircraft by these impressive global institutions."
The SR22 aircraft will be delivered equipped with: the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), airbag seatbelts, Cirrus Perspective avionics by Garmin, and all the active and passive safety features standard on every Cirrus aircraft.
All Cirrus aircraft are made in the U.S. with a direct sales force in North America and authorized sales centers covering export markets in 60 countries around the world. Cirrus Aircraft is wholly owned by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. Ltd (CAIGA).