Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) recently delivered its 10th fully integrated Mission Enhancement Kit (MEK) aircraft to the U.S. Army, adding enhanced capabilities to the Army’s Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) fleet. The King Air 350 MEK reduces aircraft weight, increases engine performance and significantly reduces the overall sound signature to enhance its stealth capabilities. SNC modifies the aircraft to increase time aloft and allow for increased operating weight without greater take-off risk. It also enables operations on shorter runways, making the aircraft more suitable for a wider variety of operational environments. This provides customers with versatile multi-mission and special mission capabilities, increased aircraft performance and safety.
As a prime systems integrator, SNC has more than 50 years of experience optimizing ISR operations worldwide, designing, developing and delivering rugged hardware, open architecture systems and modular mission solutions for 200+ types of aircraft. SNC also maintains a long heritage of King Air modification and integrations, leveraging 800,000+ hours of operational experience on special mission platforms for a wide array of government and military customers. The Army has procured 16 kits to date and SNC expects to deliver two additional MEK integrated aircraft this year. SNC will continue to perform work covered by this contract from its facilities in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is an American, privately held aerospace and national security contractor specializing in aircraft modification and integration, space components and systems, and related technology products for cybersecurity and health. The company contracts with the United States Armed Forces, NASA and private spaceflight companies.SNC is headquartered in Sparks, Nevada and has 33 locations in 19 U.S. states, the United Kingdom, Germany and Turkey. The company was involved in over 400 successful space missions, and built the cargo Dream Chaser, which will resupply the International Space Station with both pressurized and unpressurized cargo.
As of July 2020, SNC has taken part in 14 different missions to Mars. SNC is a trusted leader in innovative, advanced technology solutions and open architecture integrations in aerospace and national security. Best known for its unique mission applications, SNC creates customized solutions for the world’s most pressing technology challenges in the fields of aviation, national security space, electronic warfare, command and control, mission systems and inline cybersecurity. SNC is owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, and is once again recognized as a US Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private. In spring 2021, SNC announced the transition of its Space Systems business area to an independent commercial space company, Sierra Space.