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HADES: Bombardier has been awarded the contract for the new aircraft prototype for US Army

The US Army will purchase a large-cabin business jet from Bombardier Defense as part of a new intelligence-gathering initiative aimed at matching the US Army’s increasingly long-range missiles with more sophisticated targeting systems that are part of the HADES system.

The agreement includes the purchase of one Global 6500 jet and includes the option to purchase two more over the next three years. The first aircraft will be delivered in October 2024, according to a U.S. Army press release. This is the Army’s first purchase of a long-range business jet of this category more typically used for luxury travel.

The acquisition will support ongoing work to develop the Army’s new airborne intelligence collection effort, the High Accuracy Detection and Exploitation System , or HADES, according to the press release. The US Army began testing platforms for the HADES system in 2020, but purchased services rather than equipment so it could evaluate various vendors.

Under the program, the US Army examined two aircraft, nicknamed ARTEMIS (Aerial Reconnaissance and Targeting Exploitation Multi-Mission Intelligence System) and ARES (Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System).

The first packs the intelligence gathering equipment into a Challenger 600 jet, while the second does the same but with the Global 6500 which is a newer aircraft than the Challenger 600, with a greater range of 6,600 nautical miles, sufficient for intelligence in Europe or the Pacific from the continental United States.

The Challenger 600 flying under the ARTEMIS program has already patrolled the skies near Ukraine for a few months since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022 carrying out around 600 sorties, while the Global 6500 flies in the As part of the ARES program, it carried out approximately 300 sorties in the Indo-Pacific theater.

The US Army currently uses turboprop aircraft for similar types of airborne intelligence collection, such as the Guardrail Common Sensor (GRCS) based on the King Air B200 aircraft, designated RC-12X. However, such aircraft are no longer a match for modern Chinese or Russian air defenses. Business jets can clearly fly higher and faster than turboprops, meaning they have the ability to work farther and more persistently in areas of interest.

The announcement comes as the Army turns to more advanced precision missiles to maintain its edge in the Pacific. Such missiles require high-quality targeting data, which could be provided by the HADES system. In its announcement, the US Army said the ultimate goal of these prototypes is to “ provide advanced deep sensing capabilities for use in multi-domain operations against adversaries of equal or near-equal capability. 

Source: Aviation Report
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