With the Middle East becoming a hotspot for maritime surveillance requirements, top aircraft makers showcases their latest maritime surveillance programs at the Dubai Air Show.
Boeing unveiled its new maritime surveillance aircraft program based on the Bombardier Challenger 605 business jet which would be used for anti-piracy missions, coastal and border security, and long-range search and rescue.
According to Boeing, the newly christened aircraft will cost about a third of a P8 and will be modified with mission systems by Field. The aircraft is scheduled to make its first flight next year ahead of trials and demonstration flights for potential customers, the company said in a statement.
Tim Peters, Boeing vice president and general manager for mobility, surveillance and engagement, said the aircraft in its current configuration would not be armed, but there is nothing to prevent that from happening if a customer required it.
“It allows countries, air forces and navies to get out long-range, and to look for enemy activity, smuggling, people fishing in waters they’re not supposed to fish in, and if there are border violations,” he added. “It really gives you a multi-sensor capability to operate a lot of different missions. It lets you get out to a particular area, a long way out, fast, and put eyes on the target.”
Meanwhile, Saab also showcased a new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) based on the 340 regional airliner at the Dubai Air Show this week.
The maritime surveillance aircraft uses second-hand 340 airframes which Saab refurbished to a as-new standard. Production of the 340 ended about ten years ago, allowing Saab to buy back the aircraft in order to remake it to a new jet.
The company offers the MSA at less than $20 million with the industry-standard 12-month warranty on the aircraft and, providing they are used according to the manuals, Saab says the aircraft can serve for at least 30 more years.
The fuselage is re-manufactured to suit the aircraft's new tasks. The overhaul includes the addition of a new range of systems as well as a completely refurbished working environment featuring everything the crew need for enduring long missions in comfort, the company explains.
The aircraft also has an Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder for plotting vessels, and an automatic direction-finder that scans regular distress beacon frequencies. The direction-finder not only alerts the crew of any emergencies, but can also quickly calculate the survivor’s position through triangulation.
Dubai Airshow opened today for the first time at Dubai World Central, and has set of a record with shows order tally reaching US $162.6 billion – surpassing its previous record of US $155 billion record set in 2007
Eurocopters EC725 and NH90 both have demonstrated their efficiency in the most complex operational theaters, and will be presented at Dubai Airshow. Eurocopter designed its EC725 from the start as a true multi-role helicopter, capable of performing missions that include SAR, combat SAR, long-distance tactical transport and medical airlift, naval assignments, as well as logistics support and special operations
AgustaWestland will showcase its latest AW189 8 ton class twin engine and the AW169 4.5 ton class light intermediate helicopters at Dubai Airshow 2013
Northrop Grumman will highlight a range of its global defence and security solutions, including airborne early warning and control systems, aerial surveillance and fire control radars at the Dubai Air Show 2013. "Northrop Grumman is proud of its long trusted partnership with the United Arab Emirates [UAE] built over many years on a variety of programs and capabilities," said Douglas Raaberg, chief executive United Arab Emirates, Northrop Grumman
Bell Helicopter will feature a number of commercial and military aircraft on static display at the 2013 Dubai Airshow, November 17-21. "We have spent more than half a century serving the Middle East and this region continues to represent a very important part of Bell Helicopters balanced business strategy,” said John Garrison, Bell Helicopter's president and CEO
Finmeccanica will showcase its latest aircraft at the international event at the Dubai Airshow next week with AgustaWestland and Alenia Aermacchi participating, the company said in a statement. "This year Finmeccanica and its companies Alenia Aermacchi, AgustaWestland and Selex ES will participate to this important event
Saab has won a contract estimated $26 million to support and maintain Gripen throughout 2014 on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces. The order comprises support and maintenance operations and ensures the continued operation of Gripen in Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand with a focus on delivering technical documents, ground equipment, component maintenance and more
Saab has won a steady state support contract worth $27 Million for South African Gripen over the years 2013-2016. The South African Air Force has been operating the Gripen fighter system since 2008 when the first Gripen was delivered
Saab has received an order worth $16 million (SEK 107 million) to provide technical system support to the Swedish Armed Forces during 2014. The order is a further option under an earlier agreement signed in June 2012 with FMV for performance-based support and maintenance of the Gripen fighter
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