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US Navy Accepts Replacement Range Support Aircraft


The Tactical Airlift Program Office (PMA-207) Commercial Modifications and Range Support (CMARS) Team accepted delivery of its newest commercial-derivative aircraft the NC-37B based on the Gulfstream G550 with structural modifications.

The aircraft was then further modified to house specialised telemetry equipment; the G550 is slated to serve as one of the replacements for the aging Lockheed P-3 Orion range support aircraft operated out of Point Mugu, California.  During a ribbon cutting ceremony, program manager Capt Steven Nassau spoke about the complexity of the acquisition.  “The team had to coordinate with AIR-5.0 Test and Evaluation leadership, AIR-2.0 Contracts, AIR-5.2 Ranges and AIR-5.1 test squadrons for mission equipment and airframe expertise, as well as AIR-6.0 Logistics for sustainment to keep this acquisition on schedule. Delivering the aircraft under cost and on schedule is a major milestone for such a complicated project.”

This delivery completes Phase I of the Navy’s range support aircraft replacement programme; the Phase II Integrator, Raytheon, will now receive the G550 as government furnished property and will develop, procure and integrate systems to the requirement of its role within the Navy’s range support role.

The aircraft is expected to be delivered ready for operation by August 2021.

Photo caption – The US Navy has accepted delivery of the NC-37B based on a Gulfstream G550 with structural modifications to replace aging range support aircraft in Point Mugu, California. US Navy

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