Elbit Systems of America LLC was awarded an initial $5 million contract from Support Systems Associates, Inc. (SSAI) to provide an avionics refresh for the U.S. Air National Guard’s (ANG) RC-26B fixed-wing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.
If all options are exercised, the total contract would be valued at $22 million. The program will be performed by 2021 from San Antonio, Texas.
The contract with SSAI will include avionics engineering, design, integration, modification, test and maintenance for the technically advanced aircraft. Elbit Systems of America, through type certificate ownership, is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the RC-26B aircraft.
Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America, said: “The U.S. Air National Guard can trust Elbit Systems of America to keep their aircraft mission ready. We are committed to delivering advanced avionics that modernize the RC-26B aircraft and enhances its relevance and sustainability.”
C-26B is a Fairchild C-26 Metroliner aircraft modified with electronic surveillance equipment for drug interdiction missions (the U.S. Air Force operates 11 within the Air National Guard). The C-26 is the U.S. military designation for the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner series twin turboprop aircraft.
Elbit Systems of America LLC is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Israeli defence major, Elbit Systems.