Friday, 4 June 2021

US Air Force orders another Global 6000 aircraft with options for 5 more

A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node-equipped E-11A aircraft rolls out on the flight line at Hanscom Air Force Base   Photo by Mark Herlihy

Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier announced on Thursday that its Learjet subsidiary had entered into a contract with U.S. Air Force in support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) programme for another Global 6000 aircraft. Plus an option on as many as five additional aircraft.

Bombardier has already delivered four Global aircraft to the U.S. Air Force since 2007 for the BACN programme, an airborne relay that extends communication ranges, bridges between radio frequencies and “translates” among incompatible communications systems. BACN aircraft are known in the U.S. Air Force as the E-11A.

“Bombardier is proud to be chosen once again by the U.S. Air Force to provide our high-performing Global aircraft and our unique expertise in support of the BACN programme,” said Michel Ouellette, Executive Vice President, Specialized Aircraft, Programmes and Engineering, Bombardier. “Our U.S.-based employees are honoured to be lending their skills in support of this elite project.”

Because of its flexible deployment options and ability to operate at high altitudes, BACN allows air and surface forces to overcome communications difficulties caused by mountains, rough terrain, or distance. BACN provides critical information to all operational echelons, which increases situational awareness by correlating tactical and operational air and ground environments. 

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