Bombardier just won a major US military contract that could reach $560 million by 2026.
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Initially, the US Air Force will pay Quebec Corporation $84 million for a Global 6000 aircraft that will be converted into a communications aircraft for combat zones. Orders for five additional devices can be pursued over the next five years.
Universal aircraft are assembled in Toronto. Modifications for US forces, the Bombardier E-11A christened, will be modified at the Bombardier factory located in Wichita, Kansas. The aircraft’s interior and exterior painting will be performed at the company’s facilities in Tucson, Arizona.
The first device of this contract is expected to enter service by the end of the year. It will replace the E-11A that crashed in Afghanistan in January 2020 after an engine failure that killed four people.
From 2007 to 2013, Bombardier delivered four Global aircraft to US forces, including the destroyer.
“Bombardier is proud that the U.S. Air Force has chosen it once again,” said Michel Oulet, Vice President of Specialized Aircraft at Bombardier, on Wednesday.
“Our US-based employees are honored to put their skills to work on this project at an elite level,” he added.
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