Follows Delivery Of First Maritime Surveillance Plane
Following a Toronto hand-over ceremony of the third Maritime
Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) for the Japan Coast Guard, Field
Aviation's modification center has captured a follow-on contract
for a further three Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 MSA destined for Japan,
bringing the total contract to eight aircraft.
This brings to 33 the number of Bombardier aircraft Field
Aviation will have modified for use as patrol and surveillance
platforms for six national governments worldwide: USA, Australia,
Japan, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark.
The maritime surveillance modifications include unique, Field
Aviation designed features such as an air-operable rear cargo door
and a fuselage drop hatch, both facilitating airborne dispersal of
life rafts, survival supplies and paratroops. As well, the aircraft
will have a missionized, crew-station interior, large, conformal
observation windows and fuselage structural mods.
David Jensen, Field Aviation vice-president, business
development, said with global security a growing need, Field's
engineered and fully-developed MSAs are attracting strong
"Since 1996, we have developed a reputation for integration of
fully missionized, turnkey MSA platforms, replacing aging aircraft
as well as opening up new markets with the Q Series airplanes," he
said, adding Field's focus on specialty modifications has become
strength of the company's technical service offerings.
Latest technology surveillance sensors include a 360 degree
surface search radar, a stabilized electro-optical multi-spectral
imaging payload, as well as a new suite of modern mission
navigation and communications systems. The final three aircraft in
the contract are slated for completion and final delivery from
Field by January of 2011.