U.S. Customs & Border Protection Awards SNC Second $47M Contract to Expand MEA Fleet

SPARKS, Nev., September 17, 2020 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. This is unprecedented for a single year. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009.

“SNC is extremely proud of our close partnership with Customs and Border Protection,” said Tim Owings, executive vice president of SNC’s Integrated Mission Systems business area. “We are honored by CBP’s continued trust in our team’s ability to provide these special mission aircraft and the opportunity to support its mission of protecting the United States’ border.”

The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped with a sophisticated array of active and passive sensors, technical collection equipment and satellite communications capabilities. It provides integrated multi-role special mission services to CBP and is capable of carrying out a wide range of missions. This twin turboprop aircraft platform leverages more than 15 years of SNC’s King Air modification and integration heritage and 800,000+ hours of operational experience on special mission platforms for a wide array of government and military customers. Variants of the company’s SNC Scorpion® aircraft currently enable special operations and border security missions worldwide, including the U.S.

To date, SNC has provided a fleet of 20 other King Air 350 aircraft used to safeguard the nation as part of CBP’s coordinated aviation and maritime law enforcement efforts. All four additional MEA aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2022. SNC will continue to perform work covered by this contract from its facilities in Hagerstown, Maryland.

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About Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
Owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC is a trusted leader in solving the world’s toughest challenges through best-of-breed, open architecture engineering in Space Systems, Commercial Solutions, and National Security and Defense. SNC is recognized among The Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space, as a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force and is the only aerospace and defense firm selected as a 2020 US Best Managed Company. For nearly 60 years, SNC has delivered state-of-the-art civil, military and commercial solutions including more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participation in more than 450 missions to space, including to Mars.