Bombardier has delivered the first of two Global 6500 long-range jets to Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) for its RAPCON-X rapidly configurable aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft program.
The delivery of the first aircraft was made by Bombardier’s director of specialized mission aircraft Michael Calderon at SNC’s Hagerstown, Maryland facility, which will do the final outfitting of equipment. SNC plans to receive its second Global 6500 from Bombardier next month and both aircraft are expected to enter service later next year.
SNC’s RAPCON-X program is aimed at reducing the integration time of new systems and the addition of capabilities on an ISR aircraft without a complete redesign. It includes SNC Trax software, which creates interoperability among disparate systems, operationalizing data across the spectrum for full domain awareness and cooperation. RAPCON-X also includes the next-generation mission system and signal intelligence products for multi-domain operations.