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Bombardier Global Express (Series)

Business Jet / Special Missions Platform

Bombardier Global Express (Series)

Business Jet / Special Missions Platform

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Bombardier Global Express series of business jets, originating from Canadian aerospace, has seen modest success in a lucrative and crowded market.
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ORIGIN: Canada
YEAR: 1997
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Bombardier Aerospace - Canada / Airbus - France
PRODUCTION: 750
OPERATORS: Angola; Botswana; Germany; India; Malaysia; Mexico; Swaziland; UAE; United Kingdom; United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Bombardier Global Express (Series) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
LENGTH: 96.78 feet (29.5 meters)
WIDTH: 94.16 feet (28.7 meters)
HEIGHT: 25.59 feet (7.8 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 50,927 pounds (23,100 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 92,594 pounds (42,000 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Rolls-Royce BR710A2-20 turbofan engines developing 14,750lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 684 miles-per-hour (1100 kilometers-per-hour; 594 knots)
RANGE: 5,984 miles (9,630 kilometers; 5,200 nautical miles)
CEILING: 51,001 feet (15,545 meters; 9.66 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Military versions outfitted with specialized mission sensors, radar and accompanying equipment for AEWC, maritime patrol, airborne battlefield command and surveillance sorties.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Global Express - Base Series Name.
• Global 5000 - Model of 2002/2003; 18-seat capability.
• Global Express XRS - Model of 2003
• Global 6000 - Model of 2012; increased cruising speeds and ranges; addresses issues with passenger and crew cabinspace; updated processing systems.
• Global 5500/6500 - Model of 2018-2019; increased speed; revised cabinspace; newer Pearl engines for fuel efficiency and extended operating ranges.
• GlobalEye - Military model with modifications by Saab; radar equipped aircraft.
• Project Dolphin - Military model with modifications by Marshall; surveillance role.
• Raytheon Sentinel - Military model with modifications by Raytheon; surveillance role.
• Saab Swordfish - Military model with modifications by Saab; maritime surveillance role.
• E-11A - Military model for USAF; Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Bombardier Global Express (Series) Business Jet / Special Missions Platform.  Entry last updated on 10/16/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Bombardier Global Express is a series of twin-engined business jet (BizJet) aircraft produced by Bombardier Aerospace of Canada. First-flying on October 13th, 1996 and introduced for service in 1997, the line has since expanded to include major offshoots in the models 5000, 5500, 6000, and 6500. Approximately 750 of the type have been built into 2018 and, beyond their obvious civilian marketplace role, some have been modified to serve in various military roles. Production of the series has been ongoing since 1996. The line has spawned the Global 7500/8000 offshoots detailed elsewhere on this site.

At its core, the Global Express sports a traditional bizjet design arrangement: the two-person flightdeck is seated over a short, pointed, downward-sloping nosecone offering good vision out-of-the-cockpit. The fuselage is tubular in the usual way and lined with windows on either side for passenger viewing. Access doors are of the traditional hinged, rectangular offering. The tail unit utilizes a "T-style" Multhopp unit with the horizontal planes set high to clear jet wash. This allows the engines to be fitted well-aft of center mass along the fuselage sides - and thereby reducing operating noise for the passengers within. The wing mainplanes are well-swept-back and capped by winglets for fuel efficiency and added control. The undercarriage is a conventional, retractable tricycle arrangement for ground-running. Dimensions include a running length of 96.9 feet, a wingspan of 94 feet and a height of 25.5 feet.

Up to sixteen passengers can be carried in comfort though this depends entirely on configuration (face-to-face, side-by-side seating - some swiveling). A fully galley with sink, oven, and chilled storage is included. The entry door is insulated and the cockpit divided from the passenger area by curtain. The main cabin can further be separated from the entrance by a noise-reducing sliding door. In-flight internet connectivity is available.

The cockpit seats its crew of two side-by-side and includes all-modern functionality. In more recent versions, the instrument panel is dominated by three large color displays arranged side-by-side-by-side. A center console divides the two seats in the traditional way and features a fourth color display. Each pilot is given a flight yoke for control as well as a flip-down HUD. The cockpit is completed with the Bombardier "Vision" flight deck, multi-scan weather radar, high-speed SATCOm datalink and the usual ergonomic qualities (for pilots and passengers alike) expected of a BizJet in this weight/performance class. Efficiency in the cockpit and reduction of pilot fatigue is the name-of-the-game.

Engines vary between the select models of the Global Express series - either the Rolls-Royce BR710A2-20 or the Rolls-Royce "Pearl" series are used. Performance sees the Global Express series reach ranges of 6,000 nautical miles (Model 6500) topping speeds of March 0.90. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is 92,500lb. The Model 5000 can reach from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. making it a true international traveler.

The Global Express has been adopted in various military guises, typically the base aircraft being modified through installation of specialized mission equipment (generally noted for the various protrusions and bulges present along the fuselage ventral and dorsal spines). This is the case with the Global 6000-based "GlobalEye" by Saab featuring the Saab "Erieye" ER AESA radar fit. "Project Dolphin" sees the Global 6000 as the focal point, fitting surveillance equipment. Both the GlobalEye and Project Dolphin have been adopted by the United Arab Emirates Air Force. The Raytheon "Sentinel" is another surveillance-minded platform and is in service with the British Royal Air Force. The Saab "Swordfish" is another Saab modification of the Global Express series and intended for the maritime patrol role. The United States Air Force operates the E-11A, a Global Express fleet modified for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node role.

The flexibility of the Global Express design sees it function with equal efficiency in both civilian and military market sectors. Various civilian operators have taken the line into service and these range from North America and Europe to the Middle East. Military operators include Angola, Botswana, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.




PROGRAM UPDATES

August 2018 - A Project Dolphin form of the Global 6000 business jet was revealed for the United Arab Emirates. Testing of the special-mission series aircraft is ongoing at Boscombe Down in Britain.

October 2018 - To date, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 models of the Global Express family have completed upwards of 70% of their flight-testing programs.
MEDIA







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Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history.
MF Power Rating (BETA)
32
The MF Power Rating takes into account over sixty individual factors related to this aircraft entry. The rating is out of 100 total possible points.
Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (684mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Bombardier Global 5000's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.