Learjet Awarded $465M USAF Contract to Deliver Bombardier Jets With Comms Relay Tech

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Learjet, a Bombardier subsidiary, a $464.8 million contract to procure an aircraft equipped with technology for airborne communications relay.

The Wichita, Kansas-based company will deliver a maximum of six Bombardier Global 6000 jets that are fitted with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.

BACN is an airborne communications relay and gateway system used to receive, link and transmit imagery, video, voice and data across the battlefield to enhance warfighters’ situational awareness.

Work under the sole-source, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract will take place in Wichita, Kansas, through May 2026.

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center issued the contract, which comes with an initial amount of $70 million in fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement funds. Learjet will use the funds to finance the contract’s first delivery order.

If you’re interested in the U.S. Air Force then check out the Potomac Officers Club’s 2021 Air Force Acquisition Forum coming up on July 8. Click here to learn more.

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