A Global 6000 has arrived in Wichita, Kansas, marking the next phase of Bombardier Defense’s contract to support Lufthansa Technik’s participation in the Hensoldt-led PEGASUS programme for the German armed forces.
Bombardier Defense will perform major structural modifications to accommodate the Kalætron Integral signal intelligence (SIGINT) system developed by Hensoldt, which collects and analyses military signals from radar and radio systems. The integration of this system will subsequently be performed at Lufthansa Technik’s special-mission aircraft competence centre in Hamburg, Germany. Bombardier has previously delivered three Global 6000 jets to Lufthansa Technik since the aircraft was selected for the programme in 2020.
This milestone marks the first major work package for a European customer performed at Bombardier Defense’s US headquarters in Wichita since the company unveiled the site’s new mission in April 2022. Bombardier Defense will now be transitioning to the aircraft modification phase after its engineering team developed precise and mission-specific designed solutions. Bombardier Defense will then perform testing and required certification of the modified aircraft. As part of this programme, Lufthansa Technik will perform and support systems integration for Hensoldt, in addition to engineering and modification work contracted to Bombardier Defense.
“This most recent milestone is a testament to the quality of Bombardier jets for both VIP transport and special-mission applications,” said Steve Patrick, vice president, Bombardier Defense. “Bombardier Defense’s full suite of mission-specific design, manufacturing and certification capabilities, combined with Lufthansa Technik’s expertise, will ensure Hensoldt receives a reliable, high-performing platform, perfectly tailored to their mission requirements and payload.”
“The start of the structural modification phase indeed marks a major milestone, as it is an important prerequisite for the work packages of our special-mission aircraft experts in Hamburg,” said Michael von Puttkamer, vice president, special aircraft services, at Lufthansa Technik. “We thank Hensoldt and Bombardier for the good cooperation and progress and we are already looking forward to building on the high-quality work of the colleagues in Wichita in the upcoming systems integration phase.”
“With the immense progress made in the design work over the last 12 months, we are proud to see the PEGASUS project entering the next stage,” added Jürgen Halder, vice president air SIGINT at Hensoldt. “Together with our partners Bombardier Defense and Lufthansa Technik, we are determined to maintain the swift pace established to answer the pressing need of our customer for strategic surveillance capabilities.”