// MANNED AIRCRAFT
Bombardier 605 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft
Boeing's Bombardier 605 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) was announced in 2013, and is currently undergoing testing to head to market. The aircraft is well-suited for monitoring MPAs and is capable of conducting a variety of missions such as anit-piracy missions, coastal and boarder security missions and long-range search and rescue missions.
What's old is new again: Boeing’s MSA is a modified version of its P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, a wartime beast designed to help the US navy conduct anti-submarine warfare. The MSA has been modified to remove the weapons and antisubmarine capabilities and therefore comes at a much lower cost.
Call me, beep me if you want to reach me?: Boeing's President and CEO described the relationship between the P-8 and the MSA as akin to that between "an iPad and an iPhone." Lighter, cheaper and just as sophisticated.
The ultimate accommodations: The MSA has been designed to support a number of different radars for overwater or overland surveillance, electro-optical/infrared cameras, electronic support measures, communications intelligence and automatic identification system. The aircraft comes equipped with a turnkey system and a customizable service package in order to meet mission needs. The aircraft displays data collected from sensors on two foldable monitors at five workstations - collapsible to three if space demands.
Maximum Operating Altitude: 12,497 meters
Maximum Cruise Speed: 459 knots
Endurance: 8+ hours
// KNOWN DEPLOYMENTSNo deployments yet; still in testing phase.
// DATA SHEET
- Company: Boeing
- Type: Manned Aircraft
- Direct Cost:
- Indirect Cost: Payloads not included
- Link: Product Website