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Northrop banners Saudi National Guard work

Northrop Grumman says its joint venture in Saudi Arabia is has successfully introduced and integrated helicopters and pilot training for the Ministry of the National Guard.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM   |   Comments

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 12 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman is touting its first year of aviation support for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the National Guard.

Through its Vinnell Arabia LLC joint venture, it has supported the introduction of 12 MD530F helicopters to the National Guard, it said, and supported more than 500 flights and more than 2,630 flight hours with the helicopters.

Operational readiness of the aircraft has been maintained at a rate of more than 90 percent and more than 25 pilots trained.

"As we approach the anniversary of the rotary wing integration, we celebrate our partnership with the Ministry of the National Guard Aviation Command," said Bob Coffey, general manager of Vinnell Arabia. "This is a significant milestone for our partnership and we look forward to continued program excellence."

Northrop said Vinnell Arabia team for the helicopter program includes PAE, AAR Inc., QinetiQ North America and S3 Inc.

"Through Vinnell Arabia, Northrop Grumman has been successfully supporting MNG for nearly 40 years in the areas of training, logistics, sustainment services and operational support," said Walid Abukhaled, chief executive Saudi Arabia, Northrop Grumman. "This partnership is extremely important to us as we build our presence in Saudi Arabia and enables us to deliver the highly experienced and innovative support needed to meet our customers' requirements."

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