U.S. Customs & Border Protection Orders Additional Aircraft from SNC

SPARKS, Nev., March 09, 2021 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, was awarded a contract valued at $48,304,434 for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Equipped with state-of-the-art sensors, the MEA aircraft provide detection, tracking and surveillance operations in regions where terrain, weather and distance pose significant obstacles to border security operations.

SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009 and has delivered 21 aircraft as of February 2021. The new contract brings total MEA fleet orders to 29 aircraft.

“We are honored that Customs and Border Protection continues to entrust SNC with the development of this mission-critical aircraft,” said Tim Owings, executive vice president of SNC’s Mission Solutions & Technologies business area. “These aircraft have proven to have the endurance and special mission systems uniquely suited to meet the challenges of protecting the United States border.”

SNC is a world-class aircraft modification and integration company providing to multi-role aircraft to the U.S. and U.S. allies for enhanced border security protection.

The MEA aircraft, a variant of the company's SNC Scorpion® aircraft, is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350/360, 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.

The 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.

SNC will continue to perform work covered by this contract from its facilities in Hagerstown, Maryland. For more information visit

Link to U.S. Customs and Border Protection MEA video here:

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.