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Deputy Crown Prince Appreciates King Salman’s Sponsorship for KFAA - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Riyadh – Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense extended thanks and appreciation for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for accepting to sponsor King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA) ceremony.

On Wednesday, KFAA marks its 50th anniversary of inception, which will also witness the 91st graduation ceremony of the academy, and the commissioning of new aircraft F.15 – SA, recently, joined the service fleet of the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Prince Mohammed said qualifying and training pilots and co-pilots, as well as enhancing the Armed Forces’ capabilities to make them combat ready, will enable the Armed Force to perform more efficiently.

The deputy crown prince confirmed that the Kingdom will continue to boost its military and defense capabilities through upgrading the Armed Forces, notably the RSAF, by making it possible for it to be in possession of the most modern planes in the world.

The deputy crown prince added that the induction of the new fighter jet coincides with the 50th anniversary of KFAA, which prepared many pilots who have proved their competence at world level.

During the ceremony, F-15-SA fighter jets will officially join the RSAF fleet following a deal signed with the U.S. in 2012, which stipulated the purchase of 84 F-15-SA fighter jets.

The jets contain advanced equipment in electronic warfare based on digital technology. They can be loaded with conventional or new smart weapons.

KFAA was established in 1967 when Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the then-minister of Defense and Aviation, announced during the 26th graduation ceremony of King Abdulaziz Military College cadets, the establishment of an air academy that would carry the name King Faisal Air Academy.

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