US-based electronic systems provider Sierra Nevada (SNC) has renewed its exclusive teaming agreement with Textron Aviation for a next-generation fixed-wing utility aircraft (FUA).
Under the deal, SNC will operate as the prime contractor and be responsible for the design and integration of the mission equipment package.
SNC integrated mission systems (IMS) executive vice-president Tim Owings said: “SNC evaluated the available aircraft manufacturers and was pleased to select and partner with Textron Aviation.
“Textron Aviation is known as an industry leader in building safe, reliable and flexible aircraft. Our exclusive agreement with Textron Aviation will provide our customers with the best value and one of the most capable aircraft on the market today.”
Textron Aviation is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the Beechcraft King Air aircraft. It has a fleet that is expected to provide best-of-class aircraft and OEM support from turboprop to jet.
Textron Aviation special mission sales vice-president Bob Gibbs said: “Textron Aviation is happy to be exclusively partnered with SNC.
“Together we will develop an aircraft that can be manufactured specifically for this FUA effort. Combining Textron Aviation’s 90 years of unrivalled innovation, proven performance and manufacturing capability to build reliable, flexible aircraft and SNC’s track record for integrating military mission equipment will provide the best aircraft for the mission.”
SNC has more than 50 years of experience in systems integration, equipment manufacturing and servicing for both commercial and military aircraft.