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Utah being considered for Saudi jets

Utah being considered for Saudi jets

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MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) -- Air Force bases in Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah are being considered as beddowns for F-15 fighter jets owned by Saudi Arabia following that country's $60 billion U.S. arms deal.

The package includes 84 new F-15 fighter jets and upgrades to 70 existing Saudi F-15s.

The Mountain Home News reports local officials from this southern Idaho city and the Mountain Home Air Force Base have discussed bringing a training squadron to Idaho.

Mayor Tom Rist says Holloman AFB in New Mexico, Hill AFB in Utah and Nellis AFB in Nevada were also in the running.

Many countries with U.S.-made planes train here, as well.

A squadron of jets from Singapore already flies out of Mountain Home, taking advantage of the sparsely populated landscape, good flying weather and nearby training ranges.

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