Learjet to Supply U.S.A.F. with Aircraft Equipped with Battlefield Airborne Communications Node

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Learjet to Supply U.S.A.F. with Aircraft Equipped with Battlefield Airborne Communications Node
Battlefield Airborne Communications Node-equipped Bombardier E-11A aircraft

The U.S. Air Force awarded Learjet Inc. a contract valued $465 million for Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft.

This contract provides for the purchase of up to six Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft and completion work.

Work will be performed in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be completed May 2026.

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node is an airborne communications relay and gateway system also carried by the unmanned EQ-4B and the manned Bombardier E-11A aircraft. BACN enables real-time information flow across the battlespace between similar and dissimilar tactical data link and voice systems through relay, bridging, and data translation in line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight situations. Its ability to translate between dissimilar communications systems allows them to interoperate without modification.

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

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