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6th Maritime Surveillance Aircraft for Japan Coast Guard

Order follows recent delivery of first Dash 8 Q300s for Japan

(Toronto, ON., February 25, 2009) -- 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.

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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 international interest. Field's focus on specialty modifications has become strength of the company's technical service offerings. "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.

Latest technology surveillance sensors include a 360˚ 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.

Source : Field Aviation

Published on ASDNews: Feb 27, 2009


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