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Saudi Arabia seeks Robins AFB partnership
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A new business venture with Robins Air Force Base and the Royal Saudi Air Force could pay off big for local industry.

The Kingdom wants to utilize the same industries that support Robins, the hub of the F-15 aircraft the Saudis use.

The F-15 aircraft is the source of business potential.

Around 50 companies, both local and national, came to "Industry Day" at the Museum of Aviation to pitch their business.

Lt. Col. Jeff Hamblin, the Foreign Military Sales Branch Chief, explains Saudi Leaders have allocated 2.5 billion dollars to Robins Air Force Base, which will be spent on five business contracts that will support the Royal Saudi Air Force.

"This is a great opportunity for local businesses and industry within the Warner Robins area to capitalize on a strategic opportunity that's come available," Hamblin says.

Along with serving Robins Air Force Base, businesses have the opportunity to expand their service to the Saudis.

"The Ministry of Defense within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now looking to do some cost-saving initiatives to benefit from the competitive environments that we're working in," says Brittany Prouty, Program Manager for F-15 sales at Robins.

They want to us the same same sustainment services as Robins Air Force Base.

That means the Royal Air Force would use local business for parts repair and replacement and printing of manuals. They'd also tap into the help of support personnel.

They have entrusted the Base to find the best industries for those services.

"That experience, that manpower is here at Warner Robins, which then benefits those they are buying F-15s across the world," says Alex Cruz-Martinez.

He is program manager at Advanced Project Consulting based in Warner Robins. They provide engineering support for the F-15s and saw this as potential for expansion.

"That means a lot of good jobs for people here in the Warner Robins Area," notes Greg Anderson, CEO of Tricore management.

He says consulting local business is a great way to make sure the Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force are on top of the latest industry trends.

"They're going to see a better reward for their dollars," says Anderson.

This partnership between the Base and the Saudi Royal Air Force is an opportunity for local industry to expand or new industry to come to Warner Robins.

Hamblin says Tuesday was the first day of the bidding process.

It will take about a year to finalize which businesses the contracts are going to.

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