Fifth E-11A

The US Air Force has requested funding for a fifth Bombardier 6000 Global Express that could be converted into an E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN). In an October 15, 2018 notice it said it requires a basic Global 6000 to be fitted with the specialized antennas, radios, flight-tracker inhibition system and other gizmos to turn it into an E-11A. No funding was allocated for the purchase in the FY19 budget, but the US Air Force believes the $100 million price-tag can easily be found. The US Air Force programme of record calls for a fleet of nine E-11As.