The Bombardier Global 6000 is proving to be a popular choice for conversion to military applications and would meet the US Army’s high-altitude AISR basic airframe criteria
April 9, 2019 - by Gareth Jennings for Jane's Defence
US Army to use upcoming exercises to test high-altitude airborne ISR capability
The US Army intends to use upcoming exercises to conduct sensor evaluations for a planned high-altitude fixed-wing airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (AISR) capability that it first publicised towards the end of 2018.
According to the Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) Product Directorate of the Fixed-Wing Project Office (FWPO), the army will use Defender Europe in the second quarter (Q2) of 2020 and Defender Pacific in Q3 of 2020 to evaluate AISR sensor performance when flown at realistic mission altitudes and stand-off distances against high fidelity, threat-representative systems.
The new parameters for the aircraft released on 8 April comprise an operational altitude of between 40,000 ft and 51,000 ft (up from the original "greater than 35,000 ft"); an endurance of eight hours or greater; an ability to operate for 28 days outside the contiguous US...