New E-11A BACN Is Now Operational With U.S. Air Force
, 2023-01-04 21:26:09,
This new aircraft will relieve the pressure on the fleet after a E-11 crashed in 2020 and will allow to sustain a high mission capable rate.
The U.S. Air Force 430th Expeditionary Electronic Communications Squadron “Black Wolves” received a new E-11A aircraft with the Battlefield Airborne Communication Node payload, which arrived at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, on December 16, 2022. The 430th EECS is the only unit that operates the E-11A and provides consistent and effective communication channels for air, ground and maritime forces in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The aircraft is the first delivered under a contract signed in 2021 to procure up to six new E-11As over the following five years. This intention was announced a year after the fatal crash in Afghanistan of one of the E-11As already in service, which reduced the fleet from four aircraft to three. The first three new aircraft were confirmed in 2021, while in 2022 two other aircraft were ordered, bringing the total to five. The last aircraft is expected to be ordered this year.
“This new E-11A will relieve the pressure on the rest of our fleet and enable us to sustain a high mission capable rate,” said…
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