EVENDALE, Ohio, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The Saudi air force is about to become the biggest non-U.S. operator of GE Aviation's F-110 engines, the company announced.
Under a new order from the Saudi air force, the company will supply 193 F110-GE-129E engines to power 84 new twin-engine Boeing F-15SA aircraft. It had previously ordered 156 F-110 engines to power 71 re-engined F-15S aircraft.
"We are thrilled to continue to support the Royal Saudi Air Force by providing engines to power its expanding F-15 fleet," said Jean Lydon-Rodgers, vice president and general manager, Military Systems Operation at GE Aviation.
"The ongoing demand for our F110 engine is a testament to the value of its upgraded technology and will keep the production line open for years to come."
GE said the engines to be delivered under the order feature its new 6,000 Total Accumulated Cycles configuration, which lengthens maintenance intervals and thus lowers maintenance costs. They will also feature Service Life Extension hardware, including three-dimensional aerodynamic technology and combustor and high-pressure turbine enhancements.
Delivery of the engines is to begin next year.