Bombardier Challenger Business Jet to Take on Military Missions
With help from Bombardier's Specialized Aircraft division
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February 20, 2019 - by Janes.com
Aquila Aerospace at Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen Airport has secured a contract to modify a Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft to a multimission configuration for the UAE Air Force.
A follow-on contract for a second aircraft is expected to be awarded later. The aircraft will be equipped for a variety of missions, including maritime surveillance.
Bombardier's Specialized Aircraft division is supporting Aquila with engineering and technical assistance, but the modification work itself, plus integration, testing and certification to civil standards, will be undertaken by Aquila.
The first new-build Challenger 650 is scheduled to arrive in ready-for-modification state in late summer.