Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has delivered the seventh fully integrated Mission Enhancement Kit (MEK) aircraft to the U.S. Army, adding enhanced capabilities to the Army’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) fleet.
EMARSS is an airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system designed to provide brigade combat teams with the ability to accurately detect and track surface targets day or night and in all weather conditions.
“SNC’s Mission Enhancement Kit is truly a game changer, offering increased safety, performance and mission capability for aircraft operating in high-altitude areas,” said Tim Owings, executive vice president of SNC’s Mission Solutions and Technologies business area.
The King Air 350 MEK reduces aircraft weight, increases engine performance and significantly reduces the overall sound signature to enhance its stealth capabilities.
SNC has modified the aircraft to increase time aloft and allow for increased operating weight without greater take-off risk. It also enables operations on shorter runways.
Customers are provided with versatile multi-mission and special mission capabilities, and increased aircraft performance and safety.
As a prime systems integrator, SNC has more than 15 years of King Air modification and integration heritage, leveraging 800,000+ hours of operational experience on special mission platforms for a wide array of government and military customers.
The Army has procured 16 kits to date and SNC expects to deliver two additional MEK integrated aircraft this year. SNC will continue to perform work covered by this contract from its facilities in Hagerstown, Maryland.