Saudi Arabia’s upgraded Tornado fighter bombers and new Typhoon jets on delivery

Apr 30 2013 - Leave a Comment
By Jacek Siminski

Some interesting Saudi Arabian combat planes have visited Malta International Airport on their way home last week.

On Apr. 23, a RSAF Tornado upgraded under the TSP (Tornado Sustainment Program), have made a stopover in Malta. The Saudi strike fighter, wearing the typical desert color scheme with the RAF roundel and a TSP flag on the tail, was one of the final two upgraded to the standard that will enable the RSAF to operate the medium-range strike fighters until at least 2020.

RSAF Tornado TSP

TSP includes upgrades needed to employ a wide array of precision guided munitions: Brimstone, Storm Shadow, Paveway/Enhanced Paveway-series bombs etc. In other words, RSAF TSP Tornados are quite similar to RAF Tornado GR4s.

RSAF Typhoon 1

On Apr. 25, two two-seater Eurofighter Typhoons on delivery from BAe Warton made a stopover in Malta.

RSAF Typhoon 2

Image credit: Brendon Attard

The two RSAF Typhoon jets in the typical two-tone color scheme followed the same route staged for the delivery flight of the previous examples: Warton – Toulouse (France).

They departed from Malta on Apr. 26, destination Taif airbase (reportedly via Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt).

Written with David Cenciotti

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