How Saudi Arabia will refuel Arab coalition jets as US supply deal ends

During battles, the fighter jets rely heavily on fuel for their aircrafts supplied by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. (File Photo)

The Arab Coalition fighting against the Houthi militia in Yemen confirmed that the Saudi Arabia is capable of supplying fuel for coalition jets.

This follows a coalition request that the United States halt the supply of fuel for jets in Yemen operations.

"Recently the Kingdom and the coalition has increased its capability to independently conduct inflight refueling in Yemen," the SPA said.

"As a result, in consultation with the United States, the coalition has requested cessation of inflight refueling support for its operations in Yemen."

During battles, the fighter jets rely heavily on fuel for their aircrafts supplied by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia, the main supplier among the coalition member, has sufficient resources to provide the Yemeni military with fuel, the most important one being the mRTT Airbus.

The coalition’s jets are also supplied with fuel, called KC-130, from the US and KE-3A aircrafts.

Saudi Arabia’s fleet also carries out multiple other operations, including transporting soldiers, aid and supplies.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58
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