Yesterday afternoon, one of MAR’s team members spotted a Royal Saudi Air Force Beech King Air 350i serial ‘4103’ as ‘XENON01’ seen during a test flight at Toulouse Blagnac Airport. ‘4103’ is currently and has since June, 2020 been at Toulouse for upgrades related with its ISR equipment. Clearly visible are two new domes both on top and bottom, several antennae, larger dual strakes and what seems to be a new FLIR turret.
‘4103’ is operated by 41 Squadron and is part of an order of four aircraft already delivered to Saudi Arabia in March 2014, but without the ISR equipment installed. At least 15 King Air 350s are thought to have been delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force, at least some of which are in ISR configuration. Previously Saudi King Airs have been upgraded by Sierra Nevada Corp at their facility in Hagerstown, Maryland and also L-3 Communications’ Integrated Systems Group in Greenville, TX.